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Mephitis mephitis, Philosophiæ Doctor

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Word of the Day for Friday March 26, 2004

mephitic \muh-FIT-ik\, adjective:
1. Offensive to the smell; as, mephitic odors.
2. Poisonous; noxious.

The mephitic stench from the bilge became overpowering.
--Richard Holmes, [1]Coleridge: Darker Reflections,

Over everything presides "a sort of mephitic fog," a
pervasive sulfuric stink.
--Dale Peck, "Way Outback," [2]New York Times, March 22,

... unpoisoned by the mephitic vapours which poisoned the
atmosphere of his police-office.
--Henry Fielding, [3]Tom Jones

Mephitic is the adjective form of mephitis, "a foul-smelling
or noxious exhalation from the earth; a stench from any
source," from the Latin.


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