fumarole

noun
fu·​ma·​role | \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌrōl How to pronounce fumarole (audio) \

Definition of fumarole

: a hole in a volcanic region from which hot gases and vapors issue

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Other Words from fumarole

fumarolic \ ˌfyü-​mə-​ˈrō-​lik How to pronounce fumarole (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fumarole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the characteristics that makes Yellowstone National Park so famous is its many readily visible hydrothermal features, including hot springs, geysers, mudpots, fumaroles, and travertine terraces. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "These Yellowstone National Park Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 8 Apr. 2020 In May 2014, Adams tumbled 1,000 feet and slid into one of the mountain’s notorious vents, or fumaroles, that emit toxic gases. oregonlive, "Sheriff plans to dismantle Mount Hood search-and-rescue tradition," 15 Feb. 2020 Its fumaroles are active enough that visitors wear gas masks to avoid breathing the acrid sulfur gas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New Zealand volcano erupts, killing tourists on the island," 9 Dec. 2019 These wheezing, roaring fumaroles dyed much of the landscape a bright yellow. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 The center of the island supports a field of fumaroles, openings through which hot gases emerge. Washington Post, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019 The center of the island supports a field of fumaroles, openings through which hot gases emerge. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive in an unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019 The center of the island supports a field of fumaroles, openings through which hot gases emerge. Washington Post, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019 The center of the island supports a field of fumaroles, openings through which hot gases emerge. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive in an unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fumarole

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fumarole

Italian fumarola, from Italian dialect (Neapolitan), from Late Latin fumariolum vent, from Latin fumarium smoke chamber for aging wine, from fumus

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“Fumarole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fumarole. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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