volcanic

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adjective

vol·​ca·​nic väl-ˈka-nik How to pronounce volcanic (audio)
vȯl-,
 also  -ˈkā-
1
a
: of, relating to, or produced by a volcano
b
: characterized by volcanoes
a volcanic range
c
: made of materials from volcanoes
2
: explosively violent : volatile
volcanic emotions
volcanically
väl-ˈka-ni-k(-ə)lē How to pronounce volcanic (audio)
vȯl-
 also  -ˈkā-
adverb

volcanic

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noun

: a volcanic rock

Examples of volcanic in a Sentence

Adjective a man with a volcanic temper that could go off at any moment
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Adjective
The recent volcanic eruptions have brought the world’s attention back to Iceland. David Nikel, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago, volcanic debris buried Pompeii and created a city forever frozen in time. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 The eruption’s lava fountains reached between about 160 and 260 feet high, and the volcanic plume, a mixture of magmatic gases like volcanic particles and water vapor, stretched almost two miles into the air. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every four to five years. Marco Di Marco, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The threat to the roughly 31,000 residents of the peninsula will likely continue as the volcanic system begins to get more active. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 8 Feb. 2024 The volcanic mountain range Kerlingarfjöll, located in the highlands of Iceland, is known for colorful landscapes formed by a volcanic rock called rhyolite. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2024 The seas then cooled somewhat because of major volcanic eruptions. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Average global temperatures dropped by as much as 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, possibly due to a combination of volcanic eruptions and a reduction in solar activity. Tim Brinkhof, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
In January 2024, a group with professionals from different parts of the world will go to Poás volcano in Costa Rica to test new technologies to study volcanic processes and with the goal of someday having a better idea of how to forecast a volcanic eruption. Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 This brings on lower temperatures near the Earth's surface -- volcanic cooling. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2023 Two sculptures are massive chunks of black obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock formed deep underground and a material found at many Mesoamerican archaeological sites. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The massive ashfall and volcanic mudflows wiped out her village and outlying communities in Pampanga province north of Manila. Jim Gomez and Joeal Calupitan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2023 Each time the volcano exploded, hot gas and volcanic matter (called pyroclastic flow) burst into the ocean. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2023 Those wanting to get far off the grid can head to Rodrigues, an itty-bitty volcanic dot in the vast Indian Ocean, hundreds of nautical miles from neighbors in any direction. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 Before 1980, small eruptions below VEI 2 might only be noted if someone was standing right near the volcanic at the right time. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2022 The volcanic peaks Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea have already gotten snow this winter with more than a foot last month, and a dusting earlier this week. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of volcanic was in 1776

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“Volcanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volcanic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

volcanic

adjective
vol·​ca·​nic
väl-ˈkan-ik,
vȯl-,
 also  -ˈkān-
1
a
: of, relating to, or produced by a volcano
a volcanic eruption
b
: made of materials from volcanoes
volcanic dust
2
: explosively violent
a volcanic rage

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