solfatara

solfatara

[sohl-fuh-tahr-uh, sol-]
noun Geology.
a fumarole that gives off only sulfurous gases.

Origin:
1770–80; < Italian (Neapolitan) solfatara, derivative of solfo < Latin sulfur; see sulfur

solfataric, adjective
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solfatara (ˌsɒlfəˈtɑːrə)
 
n
a volcanic vent emitting only sulphurous gases and water vapour or sometimes hot mud
 
[C18: from Italian: a sulphurous volcano near Naples, from solfosulphur]
 
solfa'taric
 
adj

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solfatara

a natural volcanic steam vent in which sulfur gases are the dominant constituent along with hot water vapour. See fumarole.

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