volcano

noun
vol·​ca·​no | \ väl-ˈkā-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce volcano (audio) , vȯl-\
plural volcanoes or volcanos

Definition of volcano

1 : a vent in the crust of the earth or another planet or a moon from which usually molten or hot rock and steam issue also : a hill or mountain composed wholly or in part of the ejected material
2 : something of explosively violent potential

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volcano 1: 1 cinder cone, 2 shield volcano, 3 stratovolcano

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Examples of volcano in a Sentence

The volcano last erupted 25 years ago. beset by prolonged heat and lingering racial tension, the city was like a seething volcano

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The fabric is well-suited for activities like hiking to the top of a volcano (or sprinting through an airport). Gray Chapman, SELF, "The Pants That Got Me Through 3 Days of an Active Vacation Without My Luggage," 26 Jan. 2019 Ceres also had a peak, a towering mountain that researchers think was an ice volcano, driven by salty water and mud instead of magma. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is dead," 1 Nov. 2018 There’s a volcano, a desert scene and an ice formation, among others. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Pokemon Go Fest is back and ready for the crowds after disappointing thousands last year," 12 July 2018 Twenty-two fissures opened up around the Kilauea volcano, and lava continues to pour, and sometimes leap, from openings in the earth known as Fissure 8 and Fissure 22. latimes.com, "The lava continues to flow from Kilauea volcano, creating a ghostly spectacle," 8 July 2018 Yellowstone National Park sits above a massive, active volcano. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 No one lives easily on the slopes of a volcano; Jamie Bernstein has been faithful to her unease. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Activities include creating erupting volcanoes, exploring a volcanic rock gallery, and designing island flowers and leis. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kids listings," 14 June 2018 The strongest one in 44 years Parts of Guatemala’s lush green countryside became deathly grey after the Fuego volcano, 25km (16 miles) south-west of Guatemala City, started its strongest eruption in 44 years on June 3rd. The Economist, "The deadly eruption of a Guatemalan volcano," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of volcano

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for volcano

Italian or Spanish; Italian vulcano, from Spanish volcán, ultimately from Latin Volcanus Vulcan

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volcano

noun

English Language Learners Definition of volcano

: a mountain with a hole in the top or side that sometimes sends out rocks, ash, lava, etc., in a sudden explosion (called an eruption)

volcano

noun
vol·​ca·​no | \ väl-ˈkā-nō How to pronounce volcano (audio) , vȯl-\
plural volcanoes or volcanos

Kids Definition of volcano

1 : an opening in the earth's crust from which hot or melted rock and steam erupt
2 : a hill or mountain composed of material thrown out in a volcanic eruption

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