la·​va | \ ˈlä-və How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla- How to pronounce lava (audio) \

Definition of lava

: molten rock that issues from a volcano or from a fissure in the surface of a planet (such as earth) or moon also : such rock that has cooled and hardened

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Other Words from lava

lavalike \ ˈlä-​və-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla-​ \ adjective

Examples of lava in a Sentence

a flow of molten lava
Recent Examples on the Web Air fryers can also cook up mind-blowing sweet treats like gooey cinnamon rolls and molten lava cake. Josh Schneider, Forbes, 18 June 2021 The volcanic landscape is very apparent in the features of several national monuments: Petroglyph, where the symbols were carved into lava rock;Tent Rocks, where the formations are a result of volcanic eruptions; Capulin and El Malpais. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Iceland's newest active volcano, Geldingadalur, rumbles up -- at regular intervals for the moment -- into a fountain of bright orange lava that cascades over the caldera's edge so intensely visitors can sometimes feel its heat on their cheeks. Terry Ward, CNN, 17 June 2021 Along the way, travelers can stop off at 30-foot-tall Tanalian Falls and feel the raw power of its waters rushing over a cliff of ancient lava. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 16 June 2021 As promised, Fagradalsfjall was spewing fiery lava into the pink sky every 10 minutes or so., 16 June 2021 The eruption on May 22 of Mount Nyiragongo forced tens of thousands of people to flee with no warning as lava flowed through their communities. Justin Kabumba Katumwa, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 As this happened, the researchers took lava samples, concentrating on one feature in particular: viscosity. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 For example, a series of bizarre lava formations called coronae could indicate the crust is thinning in that region. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of lava

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lava

Italian, ultimately from Latin labes fall; akin to Latin labi to slide — more at sleep

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20 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lava

: melted rock from a volcano


la·​va | \ ˈlä-və How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla- \

Kids Definition of lava

: melted rock coming from a volcano or after it has cooled and hardened

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