from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A noncombustible gas that consists of a mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, found in mines after fires or explosions and incapable of supporting life.
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- noun the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Of course Dr. Plimer's book has been pretty thoroughly reviewed by now and it has not stood up well (in fact I would venture that it is currently comatose on the floor from a case of blackdamp!).