Definition of pahoehoe in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /pəˈhōēˌhōē/


Basaltic lava forming smooth undulating or ropy masses. Often contrasted with aa.
Example sentences
  • Herding cattle and galloping horses across rough a'a lava fields and smoother pahoehoe takes a special kind of cowboy-the Kona paniolo.
  • Back up above-ground, trek across the surreal terrain that resembles a moon crater and examine the different types of Hawaiian lava: pahoehoe, which has a smooth and ropey surface, and a'a, which resembles stirred up brownies.
  • The upper flow unit is well exposed in the Prospect Park quarry and is made up of three types of lava flow structures: massive, columnar basalt, subaqueous, pahoehoe flow lobes, and bedded pillow lava.


Mid 19th century: from Hawaiian.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pa·ho·e·ho·e

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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