Definition of phreatic
1 : of, relating to, or being groundwater
2 : of, relating to, or being an explosion caused by steam derived from groundwater
Recent Examples of phreatic from the Web
The volcano had experienced a phreatic explosion (water-magma explosions) in early January.
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Origin and Etymology of phreatic
Greek phreat-, phrear well; akin to Armenian ałbiwr spring, Old High German brunno — more at burn
First Known Use: circa 1890
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