lava

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noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

Definition of lava

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

lavalike

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Examples of lava in a sentence

  1. a flow of molten lava

Origin and Etymology of lava

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


First Known Use: 1759


LAVA Defined for English Language Learners

lava

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noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

Definition of lava for English Language Learners

  • : melted rock from a volcano


LAVA Defined for Kids

lava

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noun la·va \ˈlä-və, ˈla-\

Definition of lava for Students

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


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