Today's Word "miasma"

A vaporous exhalation on

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miasma \my-AZ-muh; mee-\ (noun) - 1 : A vaporous exhalation (as of marshes or putrid matter) formerly thought to cause disease; broadly, a thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation. 2 : A harmful or corrupting atmosphere or influence; also, an atmosphere that obscures; a fog.

"After being without power for several days due to the hurricaine, everyone was surrounded by a miasma of their own body odors due to lack of regular bathing."


Miasma comes from Greek miasma, "pollution," from miainein, "to pollute."



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