[ tuhf ]
/ tʌf /

noun Geology.

a fragmental rock consisting of the smaller kinds of volcanic detritus, as ash or cinder, usually more or less stratified.

Origin of tuff

1560–70; < French tuf < Italian tufo. See tufa
Also called volcanic tuff.

Related forms

tuff·a·ceous [tuh-fey-shuh s] /tʌˈfeɪ ʃəs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tuffaceous

  • Agglomeratic and tuffaceous rocks are of quite common occurrence, although less important than the lavas.

British Dictionary definitions for tuffaceous


/ (tʌf) /


a rock formed by the fusing together on the ground of small rock fragments (less than 2 mm across) ejected from a volcano

Derived Forms

tuffaceous (tʌˈfeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for tuff

C16: from Old French tuf, from Italian tufo; see tufa
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Science definitions for tuffaceous


[ tŭf ]

A rock made up of particles of volcanic ash, varying in size from fine sand to coarse gravel.

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