lava lamp


plural lava lamps
: a decorative lamp constructed of a transparent glass container filled with liquid and wax that is heated by an incandescent bulb which melts the wax and causes it to form random moving shapes within the liquid
Lava lamps are back—and not just among retro hipsters lounging on shag rugs and waterbeds.Richard A. Kerr
The lava lamp on my son's bureau gives him a vantage point to ponder the colorful blobs rising and falling as their temperature and density change.Benjamin A. Brooks

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lava lamp was in 1965

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“Lava lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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