Methane (noun)

A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest member of the alkane series of hydrocarbons and the main component of natural gas.


From new latin methānum, from greek μῆθος (mēthos) "bad smell" + new latin -anum.


  1. The methane in the natural gas is responsible for the gas's flammability.
  2. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is much more potent than carbon dioxide.
  3. The cows in the farm generated a lot of methane.
  4. Methane is a major contributor to global warming.
  5. Methane can also be found in landfills, where it is produced by the decomposition of organic waste.
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