solfatara

noun
sol·​fa·​ta·​ra | \ ˌsōl-fə-ˈtär-ə How to pronounce solfatara (audio) \

Definition of solfatara

: a volcanic area or vent that yields only hot vapors and sulfurous gases

First Known Use of solfatara

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solfatara

Italian, sulfur mine, from solfo sulfur, from Latin sulfur

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about solfatara

Statistics for solfatara

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for solfatara

The first known use of solfatara was in 1777

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on solfatara

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with solfatara

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about solfatara

Comments on solfatara

What made you want to look up solfatara? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!