Pele's hair

Pe·​le's hair | \ ˌpālāz-, ˌpēlēz- \

Definition of Pele's hair

: 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

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History and Etymology for Pele's hair

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

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“Pele's hair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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