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 tufa (audio) , tyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of tufa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located in Sorrento's town center and set on high tufa cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples with views across to Mount Vesuvius, this charming property has been catering to luxury travelers since 1834. Roger Sands, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Formations of tufa, a porous limestone, dot the lake, including one that gives Pyramid its name. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Over time, these waters precipitate calcium carbonate and form tufa. Benjamin Schoville, Quartz, 4 Apr. 2021 The implications stretch from Owens Lake north to Mono Lake, the high-desert water body east of Yosemite National Park best known for its cragged and towering tufa formations. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2021 Start with a visit to Mono Lake, a body of water with a chemistry so complex that chalky, stalagmite-like towers of tufa rise from its bed. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2021 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, 25 Nov. 2019 Rising from its strange waters are tufa towers, or naturally erected columns of limestone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 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, 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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17 Jun 2021

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“Tufa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tufa. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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