solfatara

[sohl-fuh-tahr-uh, sol-]

Origin of solfatara

1770–80; < Italian (Neapolitan) solfatara, derivative of solfo < Latin sulfur; see sulfur
Related formssol·fa·ta·ric, adjective
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solfatara

noun
  1. a volcanic vent emitting only sulphurous gases and water vapour or sometimes hot mud
Derived Formssolfataric, adjective

Word Origin for solfatara

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