Definition of maar in English:

Share this entry

maar

Pronunciation: /mär/

noun

Geology
A broad, shallow crater, typically filled by a lake, formed by a volcanic explosion with little lava.
Example sentences
  • Monogenetic volcanoes are small and occur as scoria cones, tuff cones and rings, and maars; they form from single, typically brief eruptions.
  • However, with an initial diameter of about 1,500 m the Messel maar was certainly considerably larger than the Eckfeld Maar.

Origin

Early 19th century: from German dialect, originally denoting a kind of crater lake in the Eifel district of Germany.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: maar

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.