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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tsunami

plural

tsunamis

also

tsunami

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

tsunamic

play \-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of tsunami

Japanese, from tsu harbor + nami wave


First Known Use: 1897


TSUNAMI Defined for Kids

tsunami

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noun tsu·na·mi \su̇-ˈnä-mē\

Definition of tsunami for Students

  1. :  a large sea wave produced especially by an earthquake or volcanic eruption under the sea :  tidal wave




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