• WordNet 3.6
    • adj volcanic igneous rock produced by eruption and solidified on or near the earth's surface; rhyolite or andesite or basalt "volcanic rock includes the volcanic glass obsidian"
    • adj volcanic explosively unstable "a volcanic temper"
    • adj volcanic relating to or produced by or consisting of volcanoes "volcanic steam","volcanic islands such as Iceland","a volcanic cone is a conical mountain or hill built up of material from volcanic eruptions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpaste
    • Volcanic Changed or affected by the heat of a volcano.
    • Volcanic Of or pertaining to a volcano or volcanoes; as, volcanic heat.
    • Volcanic Produced by a volcano, or, more generally, by igneous agencies; as, volcanic tufa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 260,000 people have been killed by volcanic activity since 1700 AD.
    • n volcanic In petrography, a volcanic rock: generally used in the plural.
    • volcanic Pertaining to or produced by volcanoes or volcanic action: as, volcanic heat, volcanic rock, volcanic phenomena, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest word in the english language is pneaumonaultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It's a lung disease contracted from breathing in too much volcanic dust settlement.
    • adj Volcanic pertaining to, produced, or affected by a volcano
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. volcanique, It. vulcanico,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. volcano—L. Volcanus, Vulcanus, god of fire.


In literature:

Even "Drake's Plantation Bitters," painted on the volcanic cliffs of Chimborazo, would be a relief.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Whether the mud "volcanoes" of the Irrawaddy valley have any connexion with volcanic activity may be doubted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
All that section of Alaska, from smoking Wrangell to the Pacific coast, shows volcanic peaks.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
But the Japan islands are of volcanic origin and are very numerous.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
There is an undoubted connection between earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
We're in a volcanic land, and if we search about I daresay we shall find hot springs somewhere.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
A volcanic belt passes from the north, through the Philippine Islands, down to the north end of Celebes.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
They are volcanic, and mostly fertile in the extreme.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
The group consists of seven islands of volcanic origin.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The hills around were green, and verdure spread over the country once deep in volcanic ash.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

Art thou some volcanic blast
By volcanoes spurned, outcast?
Art unfinished—made the last
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
He will not rest himself on other ground
Than that which God's own workers have made smooth;
All other is to him the heave and bound,
And the volcanic motion of untruth.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
Ask me, if so you please, to paint
Storm winds upon the sea;
Tell me to weigh great Cheops--
Set volcanic forces free;
But bid me not, my Countrymen,
To picture Robert Lee!
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
There in its last volcanic throes
A dying world perhaps dissolves;
Further still, where the sun-mist glows,
A mighty, new-born sun evolves;
Ceaseless change in an endless sky!
What does it mean to live and die?
"Mysteries" by John Lawson Stoddard
From fruitless searchings by the Eastern strands,
Through winter days, and toiling sore,
Back by Shinano’s wild volcanic lands
The weary Tokiyori bore,
Till lost in Kozeki on an eve of storm,
It seemed he could no farther go.
"The Soul of Nippon: A Mediaeval Legend of Japan " by Joseph Ignatius Constantine Clarke
My words were soft and gentle, and none could have discerned
How, beneath my calm demeanour, volcanic fury burned.
And my cousin straight consented, as his wine he slowly sipped,
To see the gay Marsupial and the gloomy Eucalypt.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

Unfortunately, my first evening there the rain that I left at home had followed me to the small, volcanic isle in the middle of the Caribbean.
Many business aircraft were able to escape Europe before airspace was closed by the volcanic ash cloud on April 15.
Barring a volcanic eruption, next year will set records.
Employee was delayed by volcanic ash.
NOVA joins four scientists in their global pursuit of clues to a massive volcanic eruption that appears to have had a devastating impact on the Earth 75,000 years ago.
300-million-year-old 'Chinese Pompeii' found buried under volcanic ash .
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.
Cowboys owner, player in 'volcanic' locker room confrontation: report.
Mars soil similar to Hawaiian volcanic dirt, Curiosity finds.
Think of the volcanic soil of Hawaii.
However, the group's travel to Europe was disrupted and delayed because of additional problems caused by the airborne movement of volcanic ash over the continent last week.
A public meeting to discuss the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument accomplishments in the past year will begin at 5 pm Monday at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest office, 10600 N E 51st Circle.
This image, taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, shows a volcanic plume on Jupiter's moon Io.
La Pine 's central location makes it easy to explore the region's volcanic landscape.
Site of volcanic devastation reveals history at every turn.

In science:

These are the continental geography, sea level, atmospheric composition, and volcanic, tectonic and even biological activity.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Lower rates of volcanism are predicted for planets 3-10 Gyr old that are not tectonically active.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
The HAWC observatory and its synergies at volcan Sierra Negra”, H.
Performance of the first prototype of the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory
M , ωn is the Euclidean volume of the unit ball in Rn , and Volcan is the canonical (symplectic) 2n-dimensional volume on T ∗M .
Local monotonicity of Riemannian and Finsler volume with respect to boundary distances
Suppose now that the system is subject to additive fluctuations (for example, these may represent volcanic eruptions).
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?