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Meaning of mofette

mo•fette

Pronunciation: (mō-fet' Fr. mô-fet'), [key]
— n.
  1. a noxious emanation, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide, escaping from the earth in regions of nearly extinct volcanic activity.
  2. one of the openings or fissures from which this emanation issues.
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