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miasma
used in Moby Dick

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an unwholesome atmosphere

or more rarely:  unhealthy vapors — as from pollution or decaying organic matter
  • ...between the flinging of the two harpoons; and I think it may have been something more than that; the man who darted them happening, in the interval, to go in a trading ship on a voyage to Africa, went ashore there, joined a discovery party, and penetrated far into the interior, where he travelled for a period of nearly two years, often endangered by serpents, savages, tigers, poisonous miasmas, with all the other common perils incident to wandering in the heart of unknown regions.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (45% in)

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