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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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Denning ecology in sympatric populations of skunks (Spilogale gracilis and Mephitis mephitis) in west-central Texas.
durazno Prunuspersica, aguacate Persea americana y la fauna silvestre esta representada por animales como el armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus, conejo Sylvilagus cunicularius, coyote Canis latrans, tejon Nasua narica, zorrillo Mephitis macroura, ardillas: Sciurus aureogaster y Spermophilus variegatus, murcielagos: Sturnira parvidens, Artibeus jamaicensis, Artibeus intermedius, zopilote Coragyps atratus, urraca Quiscalus mexicanus, tortola Columbina inca e iguana negra Ctenosaura pectinata (INAFED 2015; INEGI, 2009).
wiedii, Galictis vittata, Eira barbara, Mephitis macroura, Conepatus leuconotus y Potos flavus se registraron solo por comunicacion personal cerca de las fincas, no dentro de ellas.
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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).
To science, however, the skunk is known as Mephitis mephitis--and since one "mephitis" means "noxious smell," well, scientists really want us to know that skunks, whether spotted or striped, hognosed or hooded, have one big claim .
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Just as a bear, of the genus ursus, and a skunk, of the genus mephitis, should not be confused although they both belong to the order carnivora, he argued, so too marriage and prostitution should not be confused even though they both belong to the order "use of sex.
Miscellaneous prey (black bear; snowshoe hare, Lepus americanus; porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum; wood-chuck, Marrnota monax; red fox, Vulpes vulpes; striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis; lynx, Lynx canadensis, and grass) were dropped from the analysis to reduce interdependence between prey species (i.
Actor Nat Parker, who was in Vanity Fair, has a quarter-share in General Wolfe, and Mike Atherton and David Lloyd have shares in Mephitis, who is ready to run any time now.
skunk, Mephitis mephitis; raccoon, Procyon lotor; fox, Vulpes vulpes; American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos) have home ranges that occupy a large part of our study area, which would render neutral any benefits of dispersal distances of less than several kilometers.