Definition of Vulcanian in English:


Line breaks: Vul¦can|ian
Pronunciation: /vʌlˈkeɪnɪən


  • Relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption marked by periodic explosive events.
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    • Santiaguito, which formed 20 years after the major eruption of Santa María Volcano in 1902, has had virtually constant explosive Vulcanian eruptions that can be easily observed from a distance of only 1 km.
    • The August-September 2003 small Vulcanian eruption of Nevados de Chillán volcano has been the first eruption since 1986.
    • After a week of intense Vulcanian activity, Shiveluch's activity has decreased again on 28 December 2006, but new explosions can be expected any time.


early 20th century: from Vulcano, the name of a volcano in the Lipari Islands, Italy, + -ian.

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