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lava

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noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

Simple Definition of lava

  • : melted rock from a volcano

Full Definition of lava

  1. :  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 play \-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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