|—n , pl -noes, -nos|
|1.||an opening in the earth's crust from which molten lava, rock fragments, ashes, dust, and gases are ejected from below the earth's surface|
|2.||a mountain formed from volcanic material ejected from a vent in a central crater|
|[C17: from Italian, from Latin Volcānus|
volcano [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (vŏl-kā'nō) Pronunciation Key |
A cone-shaped mountain or hill created by molten material that rises from the interior of the Earth to the surface.
Note: Volcanoes tend to occur along the edges of tectonic plates.
Note: Eruptions and lava flows associated with them can be very destructive. (See Mount Saint Helens and Mount Vesuvius.)