Meaning of lava in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɑːvə/

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mass noun
  • Hot molten or semi-fluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.

    ‘tablelands of lava’
    • ‘porphyritic lavas’
    • ‘Bombs are pieces of molten lava that are thrown out of the volcano.’
    • ‘They include lavas and volcaniclastic rocks of basaltic and andesitic composition together with cogenetic gabbros, plagiogranites and granites.’
    • ‘The tuffs and lava were derived from a nearby andesitic volcanic centre.’
    • ‘This landslide material was then embayed by lava when the central caldera was flooded.’
    • ‘For volcanic rocks which cool from molten lavas, this would seem to be a reasonable assumption.’
    • ‘Much of the town is in flames as lava from a volcano began falling down on Thursday.’
    • ‘This can explain where the information came from that produces living organisms in hot lava coming from a volcano.’
    • ‘The sun was setting beyond dark cumulous clouds which took on the appearance of volcanoes edged with lava.’
    • ‘The volcanic pile built up above sea level so that lavas began to be erupted subaerially.’
    • ‘By contrast, lavas emitted by Hawaiian volcanoes can flow for upwards of miles - they flow like rivers.’
    • ‘Other variants include feldspar-pyroxene-phyric lava and, rarely, aphyric lava.’
    • ‘From here, millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions spilled lava over the land.’
    • ‘The tuffs are associated with subordinate sandstones and siltstones and minor lava.’
    • ‘Lightening crashed, thunder rolled, ash and molten lava spumed from the mountains.’
    • ‘Suppose that the mountain erupts, leaving lava around the countryside.’
    • ‘In Tokaj-Hegyalja the soils are volcanic with a topsoil of decayed lava.’
    • ‘Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Cheju has been shaped by volcanic lava.’
    • ‘Back then, the hot ash, lava and ensuing mud flows killed more than a thousand people.’
    • ‘Near-continuous volcanism has been occurring for at least the past 30 million years and continues to produce a wide variety of alkaline lavas and other volcanic products.’
    • ‘From deep crevices we could feel the heat where lava had not as yet cooled from the last flow.’


Mid 18th century from Italian (Neapolitan dialect), denoting the lava stream from Vesuvius, but originally denoting a stream caused by sudden rain, from lavare ‘to wash’, from Latin.