tufa

noun
tu·​fa | \ ˈtü-fə How to pronounce tufa (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tufa

1 : tuff
2 : a porous rock formed as a deposit from springs or streams specifically : travertine

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Other Words from tufa

tufaceous \ tü-​ˈfā-​shəs How to pronounce tufaceous (audio) , tyü-​ \ adjective

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To visualize the barren wasteland, filmmakers used the porous volcanic tufa towers in Mono Lake, California, and the eerie geothermal pools of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming as visual references. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How the heck did Disney make 'The Lion King' feel so real? Your burning questions, answered," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of tufa

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tufa

Italian tufo, from Latin tofus

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