Definition of Pele's hair in English:

Pele's hair

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛleɪz


[mass noun]
  • Fine threads of volcanic glass, formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air.
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    • We slip away, hand-in-hand, down to the boats under the rain of pumice and Pele's hair.
    • Pele's hair is gold in color and has a diameter of less than half a millimeter.
    • Known locally as Pele's hair (for the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele) it collects in crevices and behind small rocks in the vicinity of an active flow.


mid 19th century: translating Hawaiian lauohu o Pele, Pele being the goddess of volcanoes in Hawaiian mythology.

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