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 plant is built on a layer of porous basalt rock formed from cooled lava and, crucially, has easy access to the endless water supply underneath the volcano. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Iceland’s Radical Plan to Slow Climate Change," 9 May 2019 Omori discusses flying over an active volcano in Hawaii and, after descending to an altitude about 50 feet above the molten lava, hanging out of the helicopter to get the shot. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Sustainable Fashion Line Features Prints Made From National Geographic Photographs," 22 Apr. 2019 Advertising Keung’s custard bao replaces the gelatinous egg filling with a thick liquid that oozes out like lava-the dim sum equivalent of molten chocolate cake. Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 Archaeologists believe the man may have been killed by the pyroclastic flow - the blast of hot ash lava and gas from the volcano - before he was struck by the rock, according to Live Science. Eli Rosenberg, ajc, "Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old remains of man crushed by rock when Vesuvius erupted," 30 May 2018 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

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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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