noun (plural scoriae /-rɪiː/)[mass noun]
1Basaltic lava ejected as fragments from a volcano, typically with a frothy texture: chunks of black scoria [count noun]: the village lay half silted up under black scoriae and dust
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- They cut steps in the frozen snow and made good progress along a ridge of ‘rugged scoriae’ which took them to the summit.
- Small vesicular pieces of volcanic material, scoria, collect around the vent to form a cinder cone.
- Alluvial, colluvial or chemically formed gravel, clayey gravel, sandstone, limestone, tuff, scoria are examples of marginal materials.
late Middle English (denoting slag from molten metal): via Latin from Greek skōria 'refuse', from skōr 'dung'. The geological term dates from the late 18th century.
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- The fine-grained ash groundmass contains equal proportions of scoriaceous tachylite and palagonite with basaltic lithic fragments.
- On the western side of the mesa, black hornblende xenocrysts several centimeters in size are also found in a scoriaceous, agglomeratic portion of the lava flow.
- Amygdaloidal cavities are located immediately below the uppermost scoriaceous part of the second flow, near its contact with the overlying flow.
Definition of scoria in:
- The US English dictionary