non·​vol·​ca·​nic ˌnän-väl-ˈka-nik How to pronounce nonvolcanic (audio)
 also  -ˈkā-
: not of, relating to, or produced by a volcano
nonvolcanic tremors
: not characterized by volcanoes
a nonvolcanic region
: not made of materials from volcanoes
nonvolcanic rocks

Examples of nonvolcanic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The area around Tongariro National Park and Taupo includes a number of nonvolcanic sites of interest, including the National Trout Centre (, which highlights freshwater management, and the outstanding National Army Museum ( Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2014 Hours later, a towering wall collapsed in one of the biggest nonvolcanic landslides in North American history. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, 21 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonvolcanic was in 1798

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“Nonvolcanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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