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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Definitions for fumarole

  1. a hole in or near a volcano, from which vapor rises.

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Citations for fumarole
The steam that billowed from its invisible depths form ragged curtains as it emerged into the light. Festooned around this giant fumarole were dozens of the giant convolvulus flowers. Nicholas Drayson, Confessing a Murder, 2002
After I had breakfasted with Montgomery, he took me across the island to see the fumarole and the source of the hot spring into whose scalding waters I had blundered on the previous day. H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896
Origin of fumarole
Fumarole comes from the Latin word fūmāriōlum, which is a diminutive of the word meaning "smoke chamber."