Pele's tears


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Pele's tears

 (tîrz)
pl.n.
Small, tear-shaped or nearly spherical pieces of volcanic glass often found at the end of a strand of Pele's hair, forming from the solidification of lava droplets ejected from a volcano.

[Translation of Hawaiian waimaka o Pele : waimaka, tears (from wai, water + maka, eye) + o, of + Pele, volcano goddess (from pele, lava flow).]
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The goddess has even been incorporated into geological terminology: Pele's hair (fine filaments of lava spun into glass) and Pele's tears (tiny droplets of hardened lava shaped into tears) can be seen throughout the park, and at nearby Thomas A.