Definition of Pele's hair in English:

Pele's hair


mass noun
  • Fine threads of volcanic glass, formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air.

    • ‘We slip away, hand-in-hand, down to the boats under the rain of pumice and Pele's hair.’
    • ‘Pele's hair is gold in color and has a diameter of less than half a millimeter.’
    • ‘Known locally as Pele's hair (for the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele) it collects in crevices and behind small rocks in the vicinity of an active flow.’


Mid 19th century translating Hawaiian lauohu o Pele, Pele being the goddess of volcanoes in Hawaiian mythology.


Pele's hair