Definition of Pele's hair in English:

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Pele's hair

Pronunciation: /ˈpɛleɪz/


[mass noun]
Fine threads of volcanic glass, formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air.
Example sentences
  • 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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