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thermal vent

An opening in the Earth, especially on the ocean floor, that emits hot water and dissolved minerals. See more at hydrothermal vent.

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thermal reactor, thermal shock, thermal spring, thermal underwear, thermal unit, thermal vent, thermalgesia, thermalgia, thermalize, thermally, thermanalgesia
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