Sunday, October 20, 2013

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miasma

[mahy-az-muh, mee-]

noun, plural mi·as·mas, mi·as·ma·ta [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-]
1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

Origin:
1655–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek míasma stain, pollution, akin to miaínein to pollute, stain
Related forms
mi·as·mal, mi·as·mat·ic [mahy-az-mat-ik]
mi·as·mat·i·cal, mi·as·mic, adjective
un·mi·as·mal, adjective
un·mi·as·mat·ic, adjective
un·mi·as·mat·i·cal, adjective
un·mi·as·mic, adjective

1 comments:

Pippa Jay said...

Yay!

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