tuff

noun
\ˈtəf \

Definition of tuff 

: a rock composed of the finer kinds of volcanic detritus usually fused together by heat

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Other Words from tuff

tuffaceous \ˌtə-ˈfā-shəs \ adjective

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Except for its tuff-guppy face, the Prius Prime is an unassuming mode of transport. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Prius Prime: Nothing fancy, just 640 miles on a tank," 8 June 2018 Chiaia di Luna, a huge bay that backs into a dramatic tuff wall, has one of the island’s few sandy beaches. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vacation Like the Romans in Low-Key Ponza," 6 Feb. 2018 The crew made its way around low-growing cactuses, through prickly and fragrant sage, over tuffs of wild grasses. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017 Since the 1980s, Smith Rock has been a sport-climbing mecca for climbers from all over the world, with more than 1,800 routes, some of them permanently bolted, up the volcanic tuff face. Brigid Schulte, miamiherald, "Topping off a resort vacation on Oregon’s Smith Rock | Miami Herald," 4 Nov. 2017 As an additional defensive measure, the dwellings, constructed with blocks of pumice-like tuff, had tiny door openings. Frank O. Sotomayor, latimes.com, "At Puye Cliffs, N.M., travelers are in the grasp of a fascinating Native American history," 8 Oct. 2017 Here, on its slopes, all the island’s moai were carved from tuff (volcanic ash, which is easier to work with), before being transported as far as 11 miles away. Nic Mccormack, Bloomberg.com, "Why You Need to Go to Easter Island Now, in 17 Photos," 1 May 2017 The crew made its way around low-growing cactuses, through prickly and fragrant sage, over tuffs of wild grasses. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 28 June 2017 Warm season buffalo, dog-tuff or blue grama grass can be mowed every 10 to 20 days (lucky you). • Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Punch List: Things to do in the Colorado garden in the first week of June," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of tuff

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tuff

earlier tuph, tuft porous rock, from Middle French tuf, from Old Italian tufo

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