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hornito

[hawr-nee-toh; Spanish awr-nee-taw] /hɔrˈni toʊ; Spanish ɔrˈni tɔ/
noun, plural hornitos
[hawr-nee-tohz; Spanish awr-nee-taws] /hɔrˈni toʊz; Spanish ɔrˈni tɔs/ (Show IPA).
Geology
1.
a low oven-shaped mound of congealed lava, common in some volcanic districts, emitting hot smoke and vapors in the final stages of activity.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Spanish, equivalent to horn(o) oven (< Latin furnus, fornus; see furnace) + -ito diminutive suffix
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  • Aerial views of new spattering hornito in rootless shield complex.
hornito in Science
hornito
  (hôr-nē'tō)   
A low mound of matter ejected from a volcano, sometimes emitting smoke or vapor.
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