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Saturday, June 23, 2001

Definitions for mephitic

  1. Offensive to the smell; as, mephitic odors.
  2. Poisonous; noxious.

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Citations for mephitic
The mephitic stench from the bilge became overpowering. Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834
Over everything presides "a sort of mephitic fog," a pervasive sulfuric stink. Dale Peck, New York Times
Origin of mephitic
1615-1625
Mephitic is the adjective form of mephitis, "a foul-smelling or noxious exhalation from the earth; a stench from any source," from the Latin.