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 lavalike (audio) , ˈla-​ \ adjective

Examples of lava in a Sentence

a flow of molten lava
Recent Examples on the Web For those craving adrenaline rushes, the Big Island (No. 3) offers myriad adventures, from world-class surfing to hikes through lava fields and rain forests, as well as art galleries and shopping. Rebecca Ascher-walsh, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Islands in Hawaii," 8 July 2020 Looking for a higher heat than that provided by lava rocks or stone? Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Kick your outdoor entertaining up a notch with these 13 fire pits," 6 July 2020 Wild episodes of volcanism line up with earlier mass extinctions, and the end-Cretaceous saw the Deccan Traps eruptions, which covered much of what is now India in lava. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Did huge eruptions actually help during the end-Cretaceous extinction?," 1 July 2020 As the scenery along the half-hour drive up from the Kohala coast to Waimea winds away from black lava rocks into lush green hillsides, the sky often goes from cloudless blue to damp grayness. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 Speaking of sweet, EW asked the Floor Is Lava producers to cough up the secret recipe to the lava mixture. Omar Sanchez,, "This Netflix game show is fire: Why you should watch Floor Is Lava," 30 June 2020 There are also signs far from the lava flows in India that hint at the Deccan Traps’ role in facilitating life’s recovery. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Volcanoes may have helped life bounce back after dinosaur-killing asteroid strike," 29 June 2020 Duff partners with the nonprofit Magic Wheelchair to bake up a Jurassic World–themed cake with bubbling lava and smoke for two deserving kids and their families at Universal Studios. oregonlive, "Duff Takes the Cake: Season 2, Episode 1 time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 9 June 2020 Black sand comes from ground-up lava, for instance. Washington Post, "That sand between your toes may start as rock. But it may also be fish poop.," 24 June 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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