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n. pl. ef·flu·vi·a (-vē-ə) or ef·flu·vi·ums
1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas.
a. A byproduct or residue; waste.
b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter.
3. An impalpable emanation; an aura.

[Latin, from effluere, to flow out; see effluent.]

ef·flu′vi·al adj.


n, pl -via (-vɪə) or -viums
an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter
[C17: from Latin: a flowing out; see effluent]
efˈfluvial adj


(ɪˈflu vi əm)

n., pl. -vi•a (-vi ə)
1. a disagreeable or noxious exhalation, vapor, or odor.
2. an invisible exhalation or vapor.
[1640–50; < Latin, =effluv-, base of effluere (see effluent) + -ium -ium1]
ef•flu′vi•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effluvium - a foul-smelling outflow or vapor (especially a gaseous waste)
emission, discharge - a substance that is emitted or released


[eˈfluːvɪəm] N (effluviums or effluvia (pl)) [eˈfluːvɪə]efluvio m, emanación f, tufo m


nAusdünstung f
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While disease had thus become an inhabitant of Lowood, and death its frequent visitor; while there was gloom and fear within its walls; while its rooms and passages steamed with hospital smells, the drug and the pastille striving vainly to overcome the effluvia of mortality, that bright May shone unclouded over the bold hills and beautiful woodland out of doors.
Their apprehensions arise from several changes they dread in the celestial bodies: for instance, that the earth, by the continual approaches of the sun towards it, must, in course of time, be absorbed, or swallowed up; that the face of the sun, will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own effluvia, and give no more light to the world; that the earth very narrowly escaped a brush from the tail of the last comet, which would have infallibly reduced it to ashes; and that the next, which they have calculated for one-and-thirty years hence, will probably destroy us.
Perkins, both of whom observed the foetid effluvia and regarded them as being emitted from the premises in the occupation of Krook, the unfortunate deceased.
No; without a gown, in a shift that was somewhat of the coarsest, and none of the cleanest, bedewed likewise with some odoriferous effluvia, the produce of the day's labour, with a pitchfork in her hand, Molly Seagrim approached.
Joao Maria Gusmao and pedro paivaPedro Paiva In their labyrinthine installation of 16- and 35-mm films in the Biennale's Portuguese pavilion, pataphysicians par excellence Gusmao and Paiva purportedly documented experiments in "paramnesia," "magnetic effluvia," and "abyssology.
So that, at times, there are experiences, suppose them, of oneself, or whatever it is does manage the containment, at least so experienced, and nothing falls in or out of it but fluids, effluvia, spit, shit, little flakes of dried skin, and occasional "parts" lost for a variety of reasons, and also the whole bulk of words constituting, also, actions, as if one hit the future, saw the stone skip a myriad number of times, light dazzle, on the water's surface, and then, as the boat continues, looks back, as they say, to see the stone disappear.
Agricultural chemicals and industrial effluvia are magically kept out of ``natural'' waterways.
In January of 1996 a writer for Publishers Weekly, that chronicler of esthetically noteworthy textual effluvia, fell to reviewing Rudolfo Anaya's Jalamanta.
Most of these marvelous effects could be understood as preternatural, if attributed to hidden effluvia acting on the body or the mind; however, any effects that implied the usurpation of an individual's will would raise questions of demonic influence.
These tend invariably toward the plainspoken, hardware-store procedural, and are thus the perfect complement to work that has long engaged the stuff of the medium without a surplus of theoretical effluvia, despite a patent conceptual orientation.
The Byrds' music resonates loud and clear today, and without the endless effluvia.
In reality however--and in this lies the unlikely humour of the book, its queer, if not misogynist joke--sex throughout Youth is mostly unsatisfactory, degrading, uncomfortable, most obviously so when it involves a direct encounter with the seepages and effluvia of a woman.