lava

noun
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

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May, gave a few key clues to scientists that an eruption might be imminent. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists look to music of volcanos to better monitor eruptions," 24 Aug. 2018 The United States Geological Survey says that an increase of lava bubbling up to the surface is the likely scenario here. Condé Nast Traveler, "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupts: Here's What Travelers Should Know," 7 May 2018 Our third flat came just before the national park, where the perils turned out to be kiawe thorns, not lava bombs. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 And while baklava in a variety of forms is the key word on the dessert list, various rich choices, including dark chocolate lava cake, range from $8-$11. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 People Are Putting Their Lives at Risk by Taking Hot Lava Selfies Near Kilauea Volcano, Police Warn Dozens of homes have been destroyed by the lava flows, USA Today reported. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Lava Spatter Crushes Man's Leg in First Known Injury from Hawaii Volcano: 'Small Pieces Can Kill'," 21 May 2018 There's a swim-up bar and in-water mask bar (the silica mask is complimentary; lava scrub and algae mask cost extra). Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Iceland Travel Blog: Warming up in Blue Lagoon, plus tips on saving money, driving," 14 May 2018 The Volcano Curry, unsurprisingly, looks like a mountain exploding with lava, resting next to a salad, which resembles a jungle. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "'Jurassic World' restaurant opening in Japan with scary, dinosaur-themed food," 3 July 2018 The lava at these volcanoes, formed from molten oceanic crust, is runny and fluid. Author: Scott Wilson, Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "As Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’," 24 May 2018

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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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lava

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lava

: melted rock from a volcano

lava

noun
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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