mudflow

noun
mud·​flow | \ ˈməd-ˌflō How to pronounce mudflow (audio) \

Definition of mudflow

: a moving mass of soil made fluid by rain or melting snow also : lahar

Examples of mudflow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, this new research shows that the general type of mudflow responsible for the deposits in which they were buried does not cause further damage to deceased animals. David Bressan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 In California, an atmospheric river-borne storm is bringing heavy rain, snow and mudflow to much of the state. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 Villagers fled to safety as the typhoon approached, but the two apparently stayed put in the community in Guinobatan town where about 150 houses were inundated by volcanic mudflow. Fox News, 1 Nov. 2020 More than 150,000 Washingtonians live and work on top of mudflows from Rainier that have occurred within the past few thousand years. Steve Olson, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2017 That’s exactly what happened thousands of years ago when a group of at least 20 prehistoric modern humans walked through a volcanic mudflow produced by the Oldoinyo L’engai volcano, still active today in what’s now Tanzania. Popular Science, 20 May 2020 But mudflows and giant, sweeping clouds of hot, toxic gas and volcanic matter destroyed the wealthy coastal town of Herculaneum. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 If activity ramps up, Taal is capable of producing all three of the deadliest volcanic hazards: tsunamis, mudflows, and superheated flows of gas and debris. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2020 The ash will reportedly reduce visibility and trigger mudflow due to existing rain conditions. Fox News, 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mudflow

1869, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2021

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“Mudflow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudflow. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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