miasma tical

miasma

[mahy-az-muh, mee-]
noun, plural miasmas, miasmata [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-] .
1.
noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
2.
a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

Origin:
1655–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek míasma stain, pollution, akin to miaínein to pollute, stain

miasmal, miasmatic [mahy-az-mat-ik] , miasmatical, miasmic, adjective
unmiasmal, adjective
unmiasmatic, adjective
unmiasmatical, adjective
unmiasmic, adjective
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miasma (mɪˈæzmə)
 
n , pl -mata, -mas
1.  an unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
2.  pollution in the atmosphere, esp noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter
 
[C17: New Latin, from Greek: defilement, from miainein to defile]
 
mi'asmal
 
adj
 
miasmatic
 
adj
 
mias'matical
 
adj
 
mi'asmic
 
adj

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miasma
1665, from Gk. miasma (gen. miasmatos) "stain, pollution," related to miainein "to pollute," from PIE base *mei-/*mai- "to stain, defile" (cf. O.E. mal "stain, mark," see mole (1)).
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