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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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Examples from the web for cinder cone
  • However radar images show no major changes in the ice cauldrons where the cinder cone is forming.
  • See the actual cinder cone on top while enjoying gorgeous city views.
  • They are steeper than a shield volcano and broader than a cinder cone.
  • Come explore our colorful cinder cone on a virtual field trip.
Contemporary definitions for cinder cone

a conically shaped hill formed from volcanic ash and cinders

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cinder cone in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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