tufa

[ too-fuh, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu fə, ˈtyu- /
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noun Geology.

Also called calcareous tufa, calc-tufa, calc-tuff. a porous limestone formed from calcium carbonate deposited by springs or the like.Compare travertine.
(not in technical use) tuff2.

Origin of tufa

1760–70; < Italian tufo < Latin tōfus

Related forms

tu·fa·ceous [too-fey-shuh s, tyoo-] /tuˈfeɪ ʃəs, tyu-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tufa

tufa

/ (ˈtjuːfə) /

noun

a soft porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate deposited from springs rich in limeAlso called: calc-tufa

Derived Forms

tufaceous (tjuːˈfeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for tufa

C18: from Italian tufo, from Late Latin tōfus
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Science definitions for tufa

tufa

[ tōōfə ]

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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