Friday, March 25, 2016

Word of the day: mephitic

The word of the day is mephitic:
  1. offensive to the smell.
  2. noxious; pestilential; poisonous.

1620s, from L.L. mephiticus, from L. mephitis "noxious vapor" (also personified as a goddess believed to have the power to avert it).


"Inuits from far and wide believed that this seething mephitic realm was the place where the souls of the recently deceased entered the underworld."

 - Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of the Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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