mephitis

noun
me·​phi·​tis | \ mə-ˈfī-təs How to pronounce mephitis (audio) \

Definition of mephitis

: a noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalation from the earth also : stench

First Known Use of mephitis

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mephitis

Latin

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“Mephitis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mephitis?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=mephit02. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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