Origin of tufa
1760–70; < Italian tufo < Latin tōfus
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Most of the churches and palaces and houses of Orvieto were also built of tufa.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The material was in most cases gray, occasionally yellow, tufa.
In style and construction this colonnade belongs to the Tufa Period (p. 40).
The material is generally lava, but tufa and limestone are also found.
The colonnade about the court was built of tufa, and coated with white stucco.
- a soft porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate deposited from springs rich in limeAlso called: calc-tufa
C18: from Italian tufo, from Late Latin tōfus
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Word Origin and History for tufa
"a porous rock," 1770, from Italian tufa "tufa, porous rock," probably from Latin tufus, tophus "loose, porous volcanic rock," said to be an Oscan-Umbrian loan-word.
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- A soft, friable, and porous sedimentary rock consisting of calcium carbonate and formed by the evaporation of water, especially at the mouth of a hot spring or on a drying lakebed. It is similar to, but harder than, travertine.
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