Definition of Mephitis

1. Noun. A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth.

Generic synonyms: Gas
Derivative terms: Mephitic



2. Noun. A distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant.
Exact synonyms: Fetor, Foetor, Malodor, Malodour, Reek, Stench, Stink
Generic synonyms: Odor, Odour, Olfactory Perception, Olfactory Sensation, Smell
Specialized synonyms: Niff, Pong
Derivative terms: Mephitic, Reek, Stink, Stinky

3. Noun. In some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae.
Exact synonyms: Genus Mephitis
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Family Mustelidae, Mustelidae
Member holonyms: Mephitis Mephitis, Striped Skunk, Hooded Skunk, Mephitis Macroura

Definition of Mephitis

1. n. Noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalations from decomposing substances, filth, or other source.

Definition of Mephitis

1. Proper noun. (alternative form of Mefitis) ¹

2. Proper noun. (zoology) One of the three genera of skunks. ¹

3. Noun. A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth ¹

4. Noun. A distinctive odour that is very unpleasant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mephitis

1. an offensive odor [n -TISES] : MEPHITIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Mephitis

1. 1. Noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalations from decomposing substances, filth, or other source. 2. A genus of mammals, including the skunks. Origin: L. Mephitis: cf. F. Mephitis. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Mephitis

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1. List of North American Land Mammals in the United States National Museum, 1911 by Gerrit Smith Miller (1912)
"mephitis macroura LICHTENSTEIN, Darstellung neuer oder wenig bekannter ... Highlands of central and southern Mexico; south to Guatemala. t*mephitis macroura ..."

2. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1809)
"In the mephitis of Agnano, ... beginning from the end without the mephitis ; and at the other, ... The gunpowder without the mephitis being fired, ..."

3. Catalogue of Carnivorous, Pachydermatous, and Edentate Mammalia in the by John Edward Gray (1869)
"mephitis. Nose short, underside hairy, with a distinct central groove; ... mephitis varians. BM Black, with two white streaks, converging and united on the ..."

4. A Synopsis of the Mammals of North America and Adjacent Seas by Daniel Giraud Elliot (1901)
"Bangs 324 500. mephitis occidentals. Baird 324 501. mephitis milleri ... Body stouter than mephitis; nostrils opening downward and forward, not laterally. ..."

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