ˈvȯg How to pronounce vog (audio)
: air pollution caused by volcanic emissions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Vog is a fairly common weather phenomena in Hawaii, and a National Weather Service forecast from Wednesday said that because of a wind shift, vog from the Big Island will begin to head north toward the other islands by Friday. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 9 May 2018 This will direct hazardous vog to southern and western areas of the Big Island. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 16 May 2018 Authorities have been trying to persuade residents to wear filter masks to protect them from ash fall and to avoid areas where vog and laze may be present. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 29 May 2018 If trade winds become lighter as predicted later this week, vog could pool northward over parts of the island by Friday, the weather service says. And Jason Hanna, CNN, 10 May 2018 The National Weather Service says vog could become widespread on the Big Island Thursday afternoon through Friday night. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, 10 May 2018 Scientists say higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano's vents in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog, or volcanic smog. NBC News, 29 May 2018 On top of lava, ash clouds and plumes of deadly laze (lava and haze), officials are also warning about vog, or volcanic smog. Katherine Lam, Fox News, 28 May 2018 The vog's sulfuric acid droplets would fall, too -- thus, acid rain. Jason Hanna, CNN, 10 May 2018 See More

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Word History


volcanic + smog

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vog was in 1969

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“Vog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vog. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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