V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a foul smell or fume, especially one released by waste
Synonyms: stench, fume, odor, vapor
Tips: Effluvium is most often seen in its plural form effluvia and is a more intellectual way of commenting on stinky or toxic fumes or smells. This word can also indicate medical hair loss.
The chemical plant was known for releasing toxic effluvia into the surrounding environment. (fumes)
The local landfill had a nasty effluvium of which all who lived nearby were well aware. (stench, smell)
The restaurant diners were not happy about the effluvium emanating from the problematic plumbing. (stench)
I feared that the strange effluvium coming out of the manhole in the street was toxic. (vapor, fume)
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