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A noncombustible gas that consists of a mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, found in mines after fires or explosions and incapable of supporting life. Also called chokedamp.

[black + damp, gas.]
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(Mining & Quarrying) air that is low in oxygen content and high in carbon dioxide as a result of an explosion in a mine. Also called: chokedamp
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mine atmosphere so low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide as to cause choking. Also called blackdamp.
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Noun1.blackdamp - the atmosphere in a mine following an explosionblackdamp - the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life
carbon dioxide, carbonic acid gas, CO2 - a heavy odorless colorless gas formed during respiration and by the decomposition of organic substances; absorbed from the air by plants in photosynthesis
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("Blackdamp" is Robert Coover's first published story; it appeared in The Noble Savage, no4, October 1962 .)
The old mineshaft Allison Hume fell into would not have been ventilated for 80 years so would be contaminated with blackdamp which results in suffocation.