Lava meaning

lävə, lăvə
The rock formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten rock.
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The igneous rock formed when this substance cools and hardens. Depending on its composition and the rate at which it cools, lava can be glassy, very finely grained, ropelike, or coarsely grained. When it cools underwater, it cools in pillow-shaped masses.
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The melted rock ejected by a volcano from its crater or fissured sides.
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(Hinduism) One of the twin children of the Lord Rāma and his wife Sita in the Ramayana.
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A province in the Basque Country.
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Melted rock issuing from a volcano.
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Such rock when solidified by cooling.
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Molten rock that flows from a volcano or from a crack in the Earth. Most lava flows at a rate of a few kilometers per hour, but rates as high as 60 km (37 mi) per hour have been observed. Lava that contains abundant iron- and magnesium-rich components usually erupts with temperatures between 1,000°C and 1,200°C (1,832deg;F and 2,192°F). Lava that contains abundant silica- and feldspar-rich components usually erupts with temperatures between 800°C and 1,000°C (1,472deg;F and 1,832°F).
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(informal, proscribed) Magma.
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The definition of lava is hot, molten rock.

Hot molten rock that spews from a volcano is an example of lava.

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Molten rock that reaches the earth's surface through a volcano or fissure.
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Origin of lava

  • Italian perhaps from Latin lābēs fall from Latin lābī to fall

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian lava (“lava"), originally, in Naples, a torrent of rain overflowing the streets, from lavare (“to wash"). See etymology for the English verb lave.

    From Wiktionary