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tsunami

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noun tsu·na·mi \(t)su̇-ˈnä-mē\

Simple Definition of tsunami

  • : a very high, large wave in the ocean that is usually caused by an earthquake under the sea and that can cause great destruction when it reaches land

Full Definition of tsunami

plural tsunamis also tsunami

  1. :  a great sea wave produced especially by submarine earth movement or volcanic eruption :  tidal wave

tsu·na·mic play \-mik\ adjective

Origin of tsunami

Japanese, from tsu harbor + nami wave


First Known Use: 1897

Rhymes with tsunami



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