Fumarole definition

fyo͝omə-rōl
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A hole in a volcanic area from which hot smoke and gases escape.
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A vent in a volcanic area, from which smoke and gases arise.
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A vent in the surface of the Earth from which hot smoke and gases escape. Fumaroles are found on or near volcanoes, especially in areas where volcanic activity is in its later stages.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fumarole
Plural:
fumaroles

Origin of fumarole

  • Italian fumarola from Late Latin fūmāriolum smoke hole diminutive of Latin fūmārium smoke chamber from fūmus smoke

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition