black damp


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

Word History

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black damp was in 1736

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“Black damp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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