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nuée ardente

[French ny-ey ar-dahnt] /French nü eɪ arˈdɑ̃t/
noun, plural nuées ardentes
[French ny-ey zar-dahnt] /French nü eɪ zarˈdɑ̃t/ (Show IPA).
(in a volcanic eruption) a swiftly flowing, dense cloud of hot gases, ashes, and lava fragments.
Origin of nuée ardente
1900-05; < French: literally, burning cloud Unabridged
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nuée ardente

/ˈnyeɪ ɑːˈdɑ̃t/
a rapidly moving turbulent incandescent cloud of gas, ash, and rock fragments flowing close to the ground after violent ejection from a volcano See also ignimbrite
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: burning cloud
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nuée ardente
  (n-ā' ār-däɴt')   
Plural nuées ardentes (n-āz' ār-däɴt')
A fast moving gaseous cloud of hot ashes and other material thrown out from an erupting volcano. Nuées ardentes are often incandescent.
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