ig·​nim·​brite | \ ˈig-nəm-ˌbrīt How to pronounce ignimbrite (audio) \

Definition of ignimbrite

: a hard rock formed by solidification of chiefly fine deposits of volcanic ash

Examples of ignimbrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its largest eruption put down a 200m thick layer of ignimbrite—a frozen foam of volcanic ash, rock, and gas—over much of the central north island. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "How to harden a country that sits on a fault line," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ignimbrite

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ignimbrite

German Ignimbrit, from Latin ignis + imbr- (from imber rain) + German -it -ite entry 1 — more at imbricate

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“Ignimbrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignimbrite. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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