volcanic

adjective
vol·​ca·​nic | \ väl-ˈka-nik How to pronounce volcanic (audio) , vȯl- also -ˈkā-\

Definition of volcanic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

volcanic

noun

Definition of volcanic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a volcanic rock

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Other Words from volcanic

Adjective

volcanically \ väl-​ˈka-​ni-​k(-​ə)lē How to pronounce volcanically (audio) , vȯl-​ also  -​ˈkā-​ \ adverb

Examples of volcanic in a Sentence

Adjective

a man with a volcanic temper that could go off at any moment

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Instead, experts think that a nearby volcanic eruption triggered an underwater landslide, which pushed the wall of water towards the shore. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Deadly Indonesian tsunami was not caused by an earthquake," 23 Dec. 2018 With volcano imagery, for example, Chien said, JPL had trained the machine-learning software to recognize volcanic eruptions from spectral and image data. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner," 6 Dec. 2018 Guatemala’s most violent volcanic eruption in more than 100 years sent lava flowing into rural communities Monday, leaving at least 65 people dead. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 The theory is that volcanic eruptions have repeatedly proved that shading happens without causing widespread disasters or major health problems. John Fialka, Scientific American, "The Best Way to Shade Earth," 5 July 2018 Green tea also thrives in the volcanic soil of Jeju; for 40 years, AmorePacific has cultivated green tea gardens on the island, engineering varieties to maximize their skin-protective properties. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 For example: according to a new pre-print paper, the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history happened last November. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "French Island Might Be Sitting On Top of Gigantic Underwater Magma Shift," 20 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, daily hikes beginning at 8:00 a.m. are set in deep green valleys and volcanic mountains. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Los Angeles’s Cult Detox Destination, The Ashram, Lands in Iceland," 15 Mar. 2019 While conducting the study, researchers discovered lead pollutants in the ice, created by the surge of volcanic activity. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of volcanic

Adjective

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1801, in the meaning defined above

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volcanic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of volcanic

: of, relating to, or produced by a volcano
informal : very angry or violent

volcanic

adjective
vol·​ca·​nic | \ väl-ˈka-nik How to pronounce volcanic (audio) , vȯl-\

Kids Definition of volcanic

: of, relating to, or produced by a volcano volcanic ash

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