noun cal·de·ra \kal-ˈder-ə, kl-, -ˈdir-\

Definition of CALDERA

:  a volcanic crater that has a diameter many times that of the vent and is formed by collapse of the central part of a volcano or by explosions of extraordinary violence

Origin of CALDERA

Spanish, literally, caldron, from Late Latin caldaria — more at cauldron
First Known Use: 1691

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with CALDERA


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