or mof·fette

[ moh-fet; French maw-fet ]
/ moʊˈfɛt; French mɔˈfɛt /


a noxious emanation, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide, escaping from the earth in regions of nearly extinct volcanic activity.
one of the openings or fissures from which this emanation issues.

Origin of mofette

1815–25; < French < Italian moffetta (Neapolitan mufeta), equivalent to muff(a) (Upper Italian mofa) mould (< Langobardic; compare German Muff mould, late Middle High German müffeln to give off a foul smell) + -etta -etta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mofette


/ (məʊˈfɛt) /


an opening in a region of nearly extinct volcanic activity, through which carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and other gases pass

Word Origin for mofette

C19: from French, from Neapolitan Italian mofeta; compare dialect German muffezen to smell fetid
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