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[mahr] /mɑr/
noun, Geology
a circular volcanic landform resulting from explosive ash eruptions.
Origin of maar
1820-30; < German Maar a depression filled with standing water (especially in the Eifel district) Unabridged
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noun (pl) maars, maare (ˈmɑːrə)
(sometimes capital) a coneless volcanic crater that has been formed by a single explosion
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C19: from German
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maar in Science
A broad, shallow, generally flat-floored volcanic crater that is often filled with water. Maars usually form from explosive eruptions caused by the heating and boiling of groundwater that is invaded by rising magma.
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