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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 [syn: malodor, malodour, stench, stink, reek, fetor, foetor]
3 in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae [syn: genus Mephitis]

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English

Noun

  1. A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth
  2. A distinctive odour that is very unpleasant.
  3. An alternate spelling of the Roman Goddess Mefitis.
  4. One of the three genera of skunks.

Synonyms

  • (unpleasant smell) malodour, stench, reek

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