- a fumarole that gives off only sulfurous gases.
Origin of solfatara
1770–80; < Italian (Neapolitan) solfatara, derivative of solfo < Latin sulfur; see sulfur
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Above him muttered Vesuvius; beneath his feet shook the Solfatara.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)
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.A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy
- a volcanic vent emitting only sulphurous gases and water vapour or sometimes hot mud
C18: from Italian: a sulphurous volcano near Naples, from solfo sulphur
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