A piece of igneous rock.
Rocks that have formed from solidified lava from a volcano are an example of rocks that would be described as igneous.
- of, containing, or having the nature of, fire; fiery
- produced by the action of fire; specif., formed by volcanic action or intense heat, as intrusive or extrusive rock solidified from molten magma or lava
Origin of igneousClassical Latin igneus ; from ignis, a fire ; from Indo-European base an unverified form egnis from source Sanskrit agní?, fire, Lithuanian ugnìs
- Relating to or characteristic of fire.
- Geology a. Formed by solidification from a molten state. Used of rocks.b. Relating to rock so formed; pyrogenic.
Origin of igneousFrom Latin igneus, from ignis, fire.
(comparative more igneous, superlative most igneous)
- Pertaining to, having the nature of fire; containing fire; resembling fire; as, an igneous appearance
- (geology) Resulting from, or produced by, the action of great heat; with rocks, it could also mean formed from lava/magma; as, granite and basalt are igneous rocks
From Latin igneus.