firedamp

noun
fire·​damp | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌdamp How to pronounce firedamp (audio) \

Definition of firedamp

: a combustible mine gas that consists chiefly of methane also : the explosive mixture of this gas with air

First Known Use of firedamp

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Firedamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firedamp. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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firedamp

noun
fire·​damp | \ -ˌdamp How to pronounce firedamp (audio) \

Medical Definition of firedamp

: a combustible mine gas that consists chiefly of methane also : the explosive mixture of this gas with air — compare black damp

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