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marsh gas

a gaseous decomposition product of organic matter, consisting primarily of methane.
Also called swamp gas.
Origin of marsh gas
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yan was certain it could be only an explosion of swamp gas, and forced Pete to swim across by setting the example.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for swamp gas

marsh gas

a hydrocarbon gas largely composed of methane formed when organic material decays in the absence of air
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swamp gas in Medicine

marsh gas n.
See methane.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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