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- noun mining A damp consisting chiefly of
carbon dioxide, so called for its ability to asphyxiate.
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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
[So called because it causes suffocation in mines.]
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choke + damp