vul·​ca·​ni·​an | \ ˌvəl-ˈkā-nē-ən How to pronounce vulcanian (audio) \

Definition of vulcanian

1 capitalized : of or relating to Vulcan or to working in metals (such as iron)
2 : of or relating to a volcanic eruption in which highly viscous or solid lava is blown into fragments and dust

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A pyroclastic flow from the February 5 vulcanian eruption of Soufriere Hills. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Soufriere Hills continues having a big winter," 8 Feb. 2010

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First Known Use of vulcanian

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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