Variant of miasma
- a vapor rising as from marshes or decomposing animal or vegetable matter, formerly supposed to poison and infect the air, causing malaria, etc.
- an unwholesome or befogging atmosphere, influence, etc.
Origin: ModL from Gr, pollution from miainein, to pollute from Indo-European base an unverified form mai- from source Old English mal, a spot
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