Definition of igneous
1 : of, relating to, or resembling fire : fiery
2a : relating to, resulting from, or suggestive of the intrusion or extrusion of magma or volcanic activityb : formed by solidification of magma igneous rock
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The acid crumbs of loam, the granular pink rock, its igneous veins, the sea-fans of dry moss, the blackish and then the graying bristles on the back of his neck.
The acid crumbs of loam, the granular pink rock, its igneous veins,
Includes study of igneous, sedimentary and ore samples.
Members of species that used to share turf and swap genes got separated by Nature’s igneous paving crews.
Etna's Fireworks Italy's Mount Etna provides a vivid image of one of the birthplaces of igneous rock during a night eruption.
Etna also shows off the etymology of igneous, from the Latin word for fire.
Even more frightening is the prospect that another kind of super volcano, called a large igneous province (LIP), could become active sometime in the future.
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Origin and Etymology of igneous
Latin igneus, from ignis fire; akin to Sanskrit agni fire
First Known Use: 1664See Words from the same year
IGNEOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of igneous for English Language Learners
: formed when hot, liquid rock cools and becomes hard
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Definition of igneous for Students
: formed by hardening of melted mineral material within the earth igneous rock
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