variants or less commonly moffette
plural -s
: a vent from which carbon dioxide and some nitrogen and oxygen issue from the earth in a last stage of volcanic activity

Word History


French mofette gaseous exhalation, mofette, from Italian mofeta, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German müffeln to smell moldy

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“Mofette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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