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

Examples of tufa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given its eastern location, this could be a great last hike before exiting the park, and is easily combined with a visit to Mono Lake and its otherworldly tufa formations. Washington Post, "Disturbing the peace? 5 hikes to avoid Yosemite crowds," 25 Nov. 2019 Rising from its strange waters are tufa towers, or naturally erected columns of limestone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "California’s Saltiest Lake Is Home to This Arsenic-Resistant, Three-Sexed Worm," 1 Oct. 2019 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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“Tufa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tufa. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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