solfatara

[ sohl-fuh-tahr-uh, sol- ]
/ ˌsoʊl fəˈtɑr ə, ˌsɒl- /

noun Geology.

a fumarole that gives off only sulfurous gases.

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Origin of solfatara

1770–80; < Italian (Neapolitan) solfatara, derivative of solfo < Latin sulfur; see sulfur

OTHER WORDS FROM solfatara

sol·fa·ta·ric, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for solfatara

solfatara
/ (ˌsɒlfəˈtɑːrə) /

noun

a volcanic vent emitting only sulphurous gases and water vapour or sometimes hot mud

Derived forms of solfatara

solfataric, adjective

Word Origin for solfatara

C18: from Italian: a sulphurous volcano near Naples, from solfo sulphur
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