pa·​ho·​e·​hoe pə-ˈhō-ē-ˌhō-ē How to pronounce pahoehoe (audio)
: basaltic lava having a smooth, often billowy, shiny surface
Thick, folded lava such as this is known by its Hawaiian nickname of pahoehoe. A highly fluid lava, pahoehoe spreads in thin sheets and is sculpted into ropy folds as flow continues below the hardening surface.G. Brad Lewis
pahoehoe flows resemble pancake batter poured into a pan; these flows are thin, spread out, and tend to move faster than a'a flows.Brian Curtiss
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Word History


borrowed from Hawaiian pāhoehoe

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pahoehoe was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Pahoehoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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