Share this entry

Share this page

Plinian

Syllabification: Plin·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˈplīnēən
 
/

Definition of Plinian in English:

adjective

Geology
Relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption in which a narrow stream of gas and ash is violently ejected from a vent to a height of several miles.
Example sentences
  • Plinian eruptions are those that are dominated by a plume of hot gas and ash.
  • The June 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption produced voluminous pyroclastic flows and a major Plinian umbrella cloud during its paroxysmal phase.
  • Plinian eruptions are marked by columns of smoke and ash extending high into the stratosphere.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Italian pliniano, with reference to the eruption of Vesuvius in ad 79, in which Pliny the Elder died.

Definition of Plinian in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words