vul·​ca·​ni·​an ˌvəl-ˈkā-nē-ən How to pronounce vulcanian (audio)
capitalized : of or relating to Vulcan or to working in metals (such as iron)
: of or relating to a volcanic eruption in which highly viscous or solid lava is blown into fragments and dust

Examples of vulcanian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is some video of the plume from the volcano, which, although bigger than the normal vulcanian and strombolian activity at Anak Krakatau, is still relatively small, reaching 2-3 km. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2011 A pyroclastic flow from the February 5 vulcanian eruption of Soufriere Hills. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vulcanian was in 1602

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“Vulcanian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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