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volcanic

adjective vol·ca·nic \ väl-ˈka-nik , vȯl- also -ˈkā- \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of volcanic

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

play \väl-ˈka-ni-k(-ə)lē, vȯl- also -ˈkā-\ adverb

Examples of volcanic in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of volcanic

1776

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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volcanic

noun

Definition of volcanic

: a volcanic rock

First Known Use of volcanic

1801

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VOLCANIC Defined for English Language Learners

volcanic

Definition of volcanic for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or produced by a volcano

  • : very angry or violent


VOLCANIC Defined for Kids

volcanic

adjective vol·ca·nic \ väl-ˈka-nik , vȯl- \

Definition of volcanic for Students

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


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