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[So called because it causes suffocation in mines.]


(Mining & Quarrying) another word for blackdamp



mine atmosphere so low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide as to cause choking. Also called blackdamp.
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Noun1.chokedamp - the atmosphere in a mine following an explosionchokedamp - 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


n (Brit) → Ferch m, → böse or giftige Wetter pl
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If, as in early days, the descent was by ladder, men, and the boys clinging or tied to their backs, sometimes fell to their deaths through a loss of footing or, as happened from time to time, through an accumulation of chokedamp in the shaft.
Chokedamp and firedamp, on the other hand, which were more likely to ambush companies of colliers than pick them off singly, commanded attention.