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volcanic

[vol-kan-ik] /vɒlˈkæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a volcano:
a volcanic eruption.
2.
discharged from or produced by volcanoes:
volcanic mud.
3.
characterized by the presence of volcanoes:
a volcanic area.
4.
suggestive of or resembling a volcano; potentially explosive; volatile:
a volcanic temper.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; volcan(o) + -ic; compare French volcanique
Related forms
volcanically, adverb
volcanicity
[vol-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌvɒl kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonvolcanic, adjective
semivolcanic, adjective
semivolcanically, adverb
unvolcanic, adjective
unvolcanically, adverb
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Examples for volcanic
  • Most were subsequently found alive after having become hopelessly lost in dense underbrush and rugged volcanic terrain.
  • volcanic ash does not mix well with jet engines, hence the disruption.
  • Our first article examines the science of volcanic emissions.
  • There are two sorts of volcanic eruptions, explosive and effusive.
  • With idyllic beaches, volcanic hills and plentiful cocoa, the new president may even be able make good his promise.
  • Historically, large volcanic eruptions have caused discernible global cooling.
  • The character of an eruption is based on the prehistoric and historic record of the volcano in question and its volcanic products.
  • Whether volcanic or nuclear, disasters anywhere in our interconnected world affect us all.
  • Active life only exists where there's the possibility of energy exchange, such as in sunlight or near undersea volcanic vents.
  • Question two is true if the mountains in question are volcanic in nature, especially cinder cones.
British Dictionary definitions for volcanic

volcanic

/vɒlˈkænɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by the presence of volcanoes a volcanic region
2.
suggestive of or resembling an erupting volcano a volcanic era
3.
another word for extrusive (sense 2)
Derived Forms
volcanically, adverb
volcanicity (ˌvɒlkəˈnɪsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for volcanic
adj.

1774, from French volcanique (see volcano). Figurative sense of "prone to explosive activity" is attested from 1854.

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