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[sohl-fuh-tahr-uh, sol-]
noun Geology.
  1. 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
Related formssol·fa·ta·ric, adjective
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Examples from the Web for solfatara

Historical Examples

  • Above him muttered Vesuvius; beneath his feet shook the Solfatara.

    Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)

    John Ruskin

  • The demi-god Faunus, who had an oracle at the Solfatara, had also an oracle on this hill.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • This solfatara must formerly have been much more active than it is now.

  • From the inquiries I made, however, I apprehend that it is a kind of solfatara.

  • On our way back we visited Solfatara, the celebrated crater plain, about 1000 feet in length by 800 in breadth, skirted by hills.

British Dictionary definitions for solfatara


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

Word Origin

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