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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.
me·phit′i·cal·ly adv.


(Environmental Science) a gaseous discharge, esp from the earth, with a foul or poisonous smell


(məˈfaɪ tɪs)

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 unpleasantmephitis - 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"
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
3.mephitis - in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily MephitinaeMephitis - 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
Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk - most common and widespread North American skunk
hooded skunk, Mephitis macroura - of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States
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The approach I favor: Simply look quizzically at the person as though he's a bug under your microscope, note his more bizarre qualities, and silently classify him as a Mephitis mephitis (striped skunk) or Agkistrodon contortrix mokeson (northern copperhead).
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Host species tested for Babesia microti reservoir competence, southeastern New York, USA, 2008-2010 * Host species Common name Mammals Blarina brevicauda Northern short-tailed shrew Didelphis virginiana Virginia opossum Glaucomys volans Northern flying squirrel Mephitis mephitis Striped skunk Peromyscus leucopus White-footed mouse Procyon lotor Raccoon Sciurus carolinensis Eastern gray squirrel Sorex cinereus Masked shrew Tamias striatus Eastern chipmunk Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Eastern red squirrel Birds Catharus fuscescens Veery Dumetella carolinensis Gray catbird Hylocichla mustelina Wood thrush Turdus migratorius American robin No.
pennanti, fisher x -- -- Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk x -- -- Mustela erminea, ermine x -- -- M.
However, at the county and local level, ringtail (Bassariscus astutus), Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), and skunks (Mephitis mephitis and Conepatus mesoleucus) also exhibited significant trends in abundance.
Carnivorous mammal, Mephitis mephitica--wholly unfit for food.
Denning ecology in sympatric populations of skunks {Spilogale gracilis and Mephitis mephitis) in west-central Texas.