black damp

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Definition of black damp 

: a carbon dioxide mixture occurring as a mine gas and incapable of supporting life or flame

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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black damp

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Medical Definition of black damp 

: a nonexplosive mine gas that is a mixture containing carbon dioxide and is incapable of supporting life or flame — compare firedamp

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