sol·​fa·​ta·​ra ˌsōl-fə-ˈtär-ə How to pronounce solfatara (audio)
: a volcanic area or vent that yields only hot vapors and sulfurous gases

Examples of solfatara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One such volcanic center is the Datun (as known as Tatun) Group, a series of domes that are believed to have last erupted in ~4,100 BC and the current manifestation of the magmatism are hot springs and solfatara. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2011

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solfatara was in 1777

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“Solfatara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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