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lapillus

[luh-pil-uh s] /ləˈpɪl əs/
noun, plural lapilli
[luh-pil-ahy] /ləˈpɪl aɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small stony particle ejected from a volcano.
Origin of lapillus
1740-1750
1740-50; < Latin: little stone, pebble, diminutive of lapis stone
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lapillus

/ləˈpɪləs/
noun (pl) -li (-laɪ)
1.
a small piece of lava thrown from a volcano
Word Origin
C18: Latin: little stone
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lapillus
  (lə-pĭl'əs)   
Plural lapilli (lə-pĭl'ī')
A small fragment of lava, between 2 and 64 mm in size, blown out from a volcano.
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