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Definition of effluvium:

  1. Subtile or invisible emanation; exhalation perceived by the sense of smell; especially, noisome or noxious exhalation; as, the effluvium from diseased or putrefying bodies, or from ill drainage.

Synonyms:

litter, chaff, offscouring, trash, spilth, scrap, dreck, rubbish, truck, debris, deadwood, offal, drainage, junk, exhaust, refuse, waste, vapor, dross, dust, raffle, riffraff.

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