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miasma

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Etymology

First attested in 1665. From Ancient Greek μίασμα (miasma) "stain, pollution".

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Noun

Singular
miasma

Plural
miasmas or miasmata

miasma (miasmas or miasmata)
  1. A noxious atmosphere or influence.
  2. A noxious atmosphere or emanation once thought to originate from swamps and waste to cause disease.

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