mofette

noun mo·fette \mōˈfet\
variants: less commonly

moffette

\mōˈfet\

Definition of mofette

plural

-s

  1. :  a vent from which carbon dioxide and some nitrogen and oxygen issue from the earth in a last stage of volcanic activity

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Origin and Etymology of mofette

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


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