pahoehoe

noun
pa·​ho·​e·​hoe | \ pə-ˈhō-ē-ˌhō-ē How to pronounce pahoehoe (audio) \

Definition of pahoehoe

geology
: 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 — compare aa

First Known Use of pahoehoe

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pahoehoe

borrowed from Hawaiian pāhoehoe

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“Pahoehoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pahoehoe. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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