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Related to mephitis: Mephitis macroura, hooded skunk, striped skunk, Hog nosed skunk
1. An offensive smell; a stench.
2. A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.
[Latin mefītis, mephītis.]
me·phit′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Environmental Science) a gaseous discharge, esp from the earth, with a foul or poisonous smell
1. a noxious exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
2. any foul or poisonous stench.
[1700–10; < Latin mephītis]
a rank or foul smell, especially one rising from the earth, as from a swamp. — mephitic, mephitical, adj.See also: Odors
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|Noun||1.||mephitis - a poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth|
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
|2.||mephitis - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant|
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
|3.||Mephitis - in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae|
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
family Mustelidae, Mustelidae - weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens