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an irrespirable mixture of gases, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, left in a mine an explosion or fire.
Historical Examples

You know, it is a product of combustion, and is very deadly—it is the much-dreaded white damp or afterdamp of a mine explosion.
The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve

a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal mines See also whitedamp


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