stra·​to·​vol·​ca·​no ˌstra-tō-väl-ˈkā-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce stratovolcano (audio)
: a volcano composed of explosively erupted cinders and ash with occasional lava flows see volcano illustration

Examples of stratovolcano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mount Ruang is a stratovolcano, which are typically conical and relatively steep-sided due to the formation of viscous, sticky lava that does not flow easily. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 18 Apr. 2024 Workers have used the funds to summit Mount St. Helens in Washington State, take a two-week trip to Japan, and bike through Ecuador to Cotopaxi, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains and the company’s namesake. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 Mount Fuji, a stratovolcano, stands alone and is often seen snow-capped. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2024 This phase marks the formation of a stratovolcano structure in the Etna edifice and the superposition of different eruptive centers. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2019 With the Columbia River bordering the city to the north and Mount Hood, a stratovolcano in the Cascades, to the south, the small city is a playground for people who like to be active outside year-round. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023 The stratovolcano is nearly 5900 meters (19,000 feet) high. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2012 Only 16 miles from the equator, Quito captivated readers with delicious Ecuadorian cuisine, beautiful historic churches and cathedrals, and a nearby active stratovolcano. Annie Archer, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 Mayon, located in the Albay province, is a stratovolcano—steep volcanoes built up by eruptions of volcanic material over the course of thousands of years. Time, 15 June 2023

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Word History


New Latin stratum + English -o- + volcano

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stratovolcano was in 1894

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“Stratovolcano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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