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firedamp

[fahyuh r-damp] /ˈfaɪərˌdæmp/
noun, Mining.
1.
a combustible gas consisting chiefly of methane, formed especially in coal mines, and dangerously explosive when mixed with certain proportions of atmospheric air.
2.
the explosive mixture itself.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; fire + damp
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firedamp

/ˈfaɪəˌdæmp/
noun
1.
a mixture of hydrocarbons, chiefly methane, formed in coal mines. It forms explosive mixtures with air See also afterdamp
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