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[kal-der-uh, kawl-] /kælˈdɛr ə, kɔl-/
a large, basinlike depression resulting from the explosion or collapse of the center of a volcano.
Origin of caldera
1860-65; < Spanish Caldera, name of a crater on Canary Islands, literally, cauldron < Late Latin caldāria, noun use of feminine of caldārius of warming; see caldarium
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caldera, fumarole, geyser, volcano. Unabridged
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/kælˈdɛərə; ˈkɔːldərə/
a large basin-shaped crater at the top of a volcano, formed by the collapse or explosion of the cone See cirque
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish Caldera (literally: cauldron), name of a crater in the Canary Islands
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Word Origin and History for caldera

"cavity on the summit of a volcano," 1865, from Spanish caldera "cauldron, kettle," from Latin caldarium, caldarius "pertaining to warming," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie).

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caldera in Science
  (kāl-dâr'ə, -dîr'ə, käl-)   
A large, roughly circular crater left after a volcanic explosion or the collapse of a volcanic cone. Calderas are typically much wider in diameter than the openings of the vents from which they were formed.
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