Recent Examples of soot from the Web
In the industrial United Kingdom, dark-colored peppered moths (Biston betularia) famously flourished, as they were better camouflaged against the soot-coated trees than their lighter counterparts.
But there is help at hand from other simple organic molecules, which start sticking together to form grains of dust, something like soot.
The diesel-fueled big rigs are a major source of air pollution, spewing soot and other pollutants that can cause or aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
N.O. DNA: Soot stains notwithstanding, Smoky Mary helped spur New Orleanians' interest in the Lakefront and its potential by taking them beyond the city's traditional boundaries.
Flower heads turn greasy black, looking like they’ve been dusted with soot.
Most of the windows of the home were broken out and the inside of the home was covered in thick black soot from the smoke.
Nearby residents' complained of black soot in their homes and a video shot in Windsor showed a swirling black cloud of pet coke dust pollution over the Detroit River.
But those fireworks along with other community fireworks can fill local air with smoke and soot.
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Origin and Etymology of soot
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of soot
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Definition of soot for English Language Learners
: a black powder that is formed when something (such as wood or coal) is burned
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