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cinder cone

noun, Geology
a small, conical volcano built of ash and cinders.
Origin of cinder cone
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • cinder cone is a strikingly symmetrical small crater formed of cinders and other volcanic products.

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  • The outburst of cinder cone that formed this lake and overwhelmed the forest probably took place nearly two hundred years ago.

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  • cinder cone is about ten miles to the northeast of Lassen Peak.

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  • cinder cone stands between two lakes which appear to have been formerly one.

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Contemporary definitions for cinder cone

a conically shaped hill formed from volcanic ash and cinders

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cinder cone
A steep, conical hill consisting of glassy volcanic fragments that accumulate around and downwind from a volcanic vent. Cinder cones range in size from tens to hundreds of meters tall.
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