mephitis

noun

me·​phi·​tis mə-ˈfī-təs How to pronounce mephitis (audio)
: a noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalation from the earth
also : stench

Examples of mephitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of these nocturnal dwellers is distinctly different in appearance and readily identifiable: Advertisement In San Diego County, skunks (Mephitis mephitis) come in two varieties, striped and spotted. Michael Harrelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mephitis was in 1638

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“Mephitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mephitis. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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