marsh gas


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marsh gas

n.
Methane.

marsh gas

n
(Elements & Compounds) a hydrocarbon gas largely composed of methane formed when organic material decays in the absence of air

marsh′ gas`


n.
a gaseous decomposition product of organic matter, consisting primarily of methane. Also called swamp gas.
[1775–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marsh gas - methane gas produced when vegetation decomposes in watermarsh gas - methane gas produced when vegetation decomposes in water
methane - a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
Translations

marsh gas

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Perhaps the spectral Spunkie was self-igniting marsh gas hovering hauntingly over mistmantled wetlands.
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