Originally, it denoted the
"discharge of semen other than during sex." Now it denotes any environmental
contamination. What word is it?
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The word pollution entered English
denoting "discharge of semen other than during sex." It derives from the Latin
polluere, to soil, defile, or contaminate. The sense "contamination of the
environment" was first recorded in about 1860, but was not common until the
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