Pele's hair

noun

Pe·​le's hair
ˌpālāz-,
ˌpēlēz-
: glass threads or fibers blown by the wind from frothy lava, the tips of lava jets, or drops of liquid lava thrown into the air that often collect in thick masses resembling tow

Word History

Etymology

translation of Hawaiian lauoho-o-Pele, from Pele, Hawaiian volcano goddess

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“Pele's hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pele%27s%20hair. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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