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lava

Syllabification: la·va
Pronunciation: /ˈlävə
 
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Definition of lava in English:

noun

Hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.
Example sentences
  • Bombs are pieces of molten lava that are thrown out of the volcano.
  • They include lavas and volcaniclastic rocks of basaltic and andesitic composition together with cogenetic gabbros, plagiogranites and granites.
  • The tuffs and lava were derived from a nearby andesitic volcanic centre.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Italian (Neapolitan dialect), denoting the lava stream from Vesuvius, but originally denoting a stream caused by sudden rain, from lavare 'to wash', from Latin.

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