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Mephitis

noun
1.
A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth.
2.
A distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant.  Synonyms: fetor, foetor, malodor, malodour, reek, stench, stink.
3.
In some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae.  Synonym: genus Mephitis.



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... Mefita), a small lake in the territory of the Hirpini, IO m. S.E. of Aeclanum, close to the Via Appia. There are now two small pools which exhale carbonic acid gas and sulphuretted hydrogen. Close by was a temple of the goddess Mephitis, with a cave from which suffocating vapours rose, and for this reason the place was brought into connexion with the legends of the infernal regions. Virgil's description (Aeneid, vii. 563) is not, however, very ...
— Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia



Words linked to "Mephitis" :   olfactory perception, mephitic, olfactory sensation, mammal genus, Mustelidae, stink, striped skunk, odour, stench, pong, hooded skunk, gas, odor, niff, smell, family Mustelidae



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