Ex`ha*la"tion (?), n. [L. exhalatio: cf. F. exhalaison, exhalation.]
The act or process of exhaling, or sending forth in the form of steam or vapor; evaporation.
That which is exhaled, or which rises in the form of vapor, fume, or steam; effluvium; emanation; as, exhalations from the earth or flowers, decaying matter, etc.
Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise
From hill or steaming lake.
A bright phenomenon; a meteor.
I shall fall
Like a bright exhalation in the evening.
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