noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

: melted rock from a volcano

Full Definition of LAVA

:  molten rock that issues from a volcano or from a fissure in the surface of a planet (as earth) or moon; also :  such rock that has cooled and hardened
la·va·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of LAVA

  1. a flow of molten lava

Origin of LAVA

Italian, ultimately from Latin labes fall; akin to Latin labi to slide — more at sleep
First Known Use: 1759

Rhymes with LAVA

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noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

Definition of LAVA for Kids

:  melted rock coming from a volcano or after it has cooled and hardened


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