kipuka

noun ki·pu·ka \kēˈpükə\

Definition of kipuka

plural

-s

  1. :  an area of older land ranging in size from a few square feet to several square miles surrounded by later lava flows kipukas result from either topographic irregularities or the viscosity of the lava — H. T. Stearns & G. A. Macdonald

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Origin and Etymology of kipuka

Hawaiian


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