volcanic

adjective
vol·​ca·​nic | \ väl-ˈka-nik , 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 , 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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It was once believed that the crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "What’s Your Sign? Karen Elson on Her New Birthstone Perfume Bottle Tops," 18 Jan. 2019 The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 famously destroyed the city of Pompeii by burying it in volcanic ash. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mount Vesuvius Caused Romans' Heads to Explode," 10 Oct. 2018 Planes were warned of the ash clouds because volcanic ash is hazardous for their engines. Fox News, "Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake," 3 Oct. 2018 The Monolith Garden Trail is the best of the bunch, a tangled route through dramatic boulder fields and crumbling ramparts of volcanic ash. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Lava seen flowing in the volcano's main vent Monday could clog the conduit, which could then lead to explosions of volcanic ash, Waythomas said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Restless Aleutian volcano put back on watch status after lava flows in crater," 27 June 2018 Medusae Fossae is not solid rock, but layers of debris — volcanic ash that was spewed into the Martian skies long ago. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 Satellites track typhoons, monitor volcanic-ash plumes and catalogue the changing ways in which human beings use the land. The Economist, "Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors," 16 June 2018 Firefighters remove a body buried in volcanic ash in the village of El Rodeo. Times Staff, latimes.com, "Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, covering villages in ash and leaving 75 dead," 6 June 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 , vȯl-\

Kids Definition of volcanic

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

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