One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light, porous rock formed by consolidation of volcanic ash.
- ‘Among the 30 different types of stone recognized are varieties of diorite, granite, bedded tuff, sandstones, limestones, and tufa.’
- ‘Lenses incorporate varicoloured tuffaceous cherts intercalated with tuffaccous mudstone and tuff.’
- ‘Increasing proximity to a subduction zone during plate convergence is indicated by the appearance of felsic tuff.’
- ‘The lower series consists of alternating basalt lava, tuff breccia, tufite, and siliceous rock, whereas the upper one is dominated by diabase.’
- ‘It also follows that there are differences in age between grains, which is consistent with the impression of resorption given by the grain morphology: possibly all grains predate the final tuff volcanism.’
Mid 16th century: via French from Italian tufo, from late Latin tofus, Latin tophus (see tophus).
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