la·​va | \ ˈlä-və How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla- How to pronounce lava (audio) \

Definition of lava

: molten rock that issues from a volcano or from a fissure in the surface of a planet (such as earth) or moon also : such rock that has cooled and hardened

Other Words from lava

lavalike \ ˈlä-​və-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla-​ \ adjective

Examples of lava in a Sentence

a flow of molten lava
Recent Examples on the Web Evacuees were advised to be cautious of falling volcanic rocks and possible flow of lava, ash and searing gas within 2 miles of the crater. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 Then, the film’s on-screen flames were echoed by real exploding lava from the ever-volatile Mount Etna. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 6 June 2022 Along with the clothes, find novelties such as lava lamps and PEZ dispensers. Matthew J. Palm,, 5 May 2021 Videos of the eruption show bright orange lava spurting from the volcano. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 The culmination of these images, titled Volcano Land, not only takes us to tropical beaches, lush forests, and glacial streams, but also captures the poverty and violence that threaten some local populations more than lava or ash. Vogue, 20 July 2022 Haiku poetry, quantum physics, electric toothbrushes, Abstract Expressionism, lava lamps—the sky’s the limit! River Clegg, The New Yorker, 19 July 2022 Middle-earth didn't even look this terrifying when Frodo and Sam were nearly swallowed by lava on Mount Doom. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 July 2022 Toward the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, Waititi's own character, Korg, reveals that on his home planet of rock people, rock babies are born when two rock men hold hands over molten lava, each giving part of their own substance to create new life. Christian Holub,, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lava

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lava

Italian, ultimately from Latin labes fall; akin to Latin labi to slide — more at sleep

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7 Aug 2022

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“Lava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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la·​va | \ ˈlä-və How to pronounce lava (audio) , ˈla- \

Kids Definition of lava

: melted rock coming from a volcano or after it has cooled and hardened

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