A large and destructive wave created by an earthquake is an example of a tsunami.
nounpl. -·mis or -·mi
Origin of tsunamiJapanese from tsu, a harbor + nami, a wave
nounpl. tsu·na·mis, or tsunami
Origin of tsunamiJapanese tsu harbor nami wave ( so called because tsunamis generally pass unnoticed on the open sea, causing a slight swell, but rise to cause damage in the shallow waters of harbors )
(plural tsunamis or tsunami)
From Japanese æ´¥æ³¢ / æ´¥æµª (ã¤ãªã¿ (tsunami, “seismic sea wave", literally “harbour wave")).