Mephitis meaning

mə-fītĭs
An offensive smell; a stench.
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A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.
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A harmful, bad-smelling vapor from the earth, as the exhalation from decomposing organic matter or poisonous gas from a mine.
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A bad smell; stench.
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A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth.
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A distinctive odour that is very unpleasant.
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Alternative form of Mefitis.
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Origin of mephitis

  • Latin mefītis, mephītis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Latin, from Mefitis, the name of a Samnite goddess who personified the poisonous gases emitted from swamps and volcanoes. The name is from Oscan and ultimately Proto-Italic.

    From Wiktionary