vulcanism

noun

vul·​ca·​nism ˈvəl-kə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce vulcanism (audio)

Examples of vulcanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vesta's landscape is diverse, with craters, cliffs, mountains, and long, linear grooves (although, interestingly, no hints of vulcanism, when some were expected). Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2011 According to paleobiologist Jessica Whiteside of Brown University, a leading researcher on end-Triassic vulcanism, more evidence is needed before Ruhl’s interpretations are conclusively supported. Brandon Keim, WIRED, 21 July 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vulcanism was in 1863

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“Vulcanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulcanism. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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