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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The home around her transforms, too: the walls crackle upward and the floor warmly glows like pools of lava. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Inside Imogen Heap’s cutting-edge VR concert," 23 Aug. 2018 But as the current set of fissure eruptions got underway, not far from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō a full pool of lava suddenly drained out of sight. Wendell Duffield, Scientific American, "Kilauea’s Next Eruptions May Mirror a Big One in Its Past," 15 May 2018 Earlier in the day, officials had said the lava destroyed nine homes. Mike Arroyo, Fox News, "Hawaii's volcanic eruption has destroyed at least 26 homes, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 Since eruptions began on May 3, lava has destroyed as many as 700 homes on the Big Island. CBS News, "Kilauea volcano eruption: Seismic activity increases, earthquakes strike 5 days in a row," 15 June 2018 Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said lava from the Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than 600 homes since early last month. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys up to 700 homes, and there's no end in sight," 12 June 2018 Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said lava has destroyed more than 600 homes since early last month. Time, "Hawaii's Kilauea Is Still Erupting and Spewing Destructive Lava. Scientists Say Have No Idea When It Will Stop," 8 June 2018 More than 1,700 local residents have been evacuated from the volcano's East Rift Zone on the Big Island of Hawaii, where lava from 20 fissure vents has destroyed 26 homes. Lyndsey Matthews, Popular Mechanics, "People Are Risking Their Lives to Take Selfies With the Hawaii Volcano Eruption," 17 May 2018 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

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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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