hot spring


Definition of hot spring

: a spring whose water issues at a temperature higher than that of its surroundings

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Craters, caves, hot springs, petrified forests, and even dinosaur footprints were all marked. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Foreign objects can damage hot springs and geysers. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Heavily Littered Yellowstone Geyser Spews Tons of Trash Into Air During Eruption," 5 Oct. 2018 American dippers, roundish birds that feed underwater year-round, live near many hot springs and the unfrozen creeks the warm water enables. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs," 14 Apr. 2018 Those more adventurous can keep walking to the smaller waterfall and the hot springs below the taller one. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 Aside from the in-room ofuro there are two large public ones and dedicated hours at the local onsen, which has an extensive outdoor hot spring. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "8 Hotels in Japan With Great Baths," 8 Dec. 2017 Its 18 canvas-sided cabins have plunge pools fed by natural hot springs. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Located half-way between Abiquiu and Taos, Ojo Caliente is an unincorporated community best known for its natural hot springs. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 2018 Dig in because some growers are predicting a short season due to the hot, hot, hot spring. Ann Maloney,, "Creole Tomato Festival: Vine-ripened bites, sips fill the French Quarter," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of hot spring

1572, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot spring was in 1572

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English Language Learners Definition of hot spring

: a place where hot water flows out of the ground

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