Definition of mofette in English:



  • archaic term for fumarole
    • ‘The town is famous for its carbonated baths, mofettes, heart clinic with 700 beds and sanatoriums.’
    • ‘The verdict was reached after scientists undertook studies of rising gases in the mofettes and mineral springs in the area.’
    • ‘There are fumaroles, mofettes and geothermal warm springs surrounded by plumes of white vapour.’
    • ‘Tusnad, north of Brasov, by a calm and picturesque lake, is important for bicarbonated and gaseous mineral waters and mofettes for treating cardio-vascular diseases.’
    • ‘After a treatment in the mofettes the health of ill people is improving, the joint inflammations are reduced.’


Early 19th century: from French, from Neapolitan Italian mofetta.