effluvium.

\ ih-FLOO-vee-uhm \  , noun;
1.A slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, esp. one that is disagreeable.

“Lucy leant her head on the edge of the fighting-top and whispered, “Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.” The darkness (depicted by effluvium) did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little – a very little – better…
An albatross…circled three times round the mast and then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow… But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s.” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis
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