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Friday, February 04, 2011

effluvium

\ih-FLOO-vee-uhm\ , noun;
1.
A slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, esp. one that is disagreeable
Quotes:
Beside them was the dark well-hole, with that horrid effluvium stealing up from its mysterious depths.
-- Bram Stoker, The lair of the white worm
That was no real problem, however, for Alobar simply followed the scent, that effluvium of goat glands that hung in the air like a salty mist and drew him ever higher up the craggy vertebrae.
-- Tom Robbins, Jitterbug perfume
Origin:
Effluvium comes into English from the Latin effluere, "to flow out."
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