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 (vŏl-kăn′ĭk, vôl-)
1. Of, resembling, or caused by a volcano or volcanoes: a volcanic peak; volcanic islands.
2. Produced by or discharged from a volcano: volcanic ash.
3. Characterized by the presence of volcanoes.
4. Powerfully explosive: a volcanic temper.

vol·can′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Geological Science) of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by the presence of volcanoes: a volcanic region.
2. suggestive of or resembling an erupting volcano: a volcanic era.
3. (Geological Science) another word for extrusive2
(Geological Science) (often plural) any igneous rock formed from magma issuing from volcanoes
volˈcanically adv
volcanicity n


(vɒlˈkæn ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to a volcano.
2. discharged from or produced by volcanoes: volcanic ash.
3. characterized by the presence of volcanoes.
4. suggestive of or resembling a volcano; potentially explosive; volatile.
[1765–75; compare French volcanique]
vol•can′i•cal•ly, adv.
vol`can•ic′i•ty (-kəˈnɪs ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.volcanic - relating to or produced by or consisting of volcanoesvolcanic - 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"
2.volcanic - explosively unstablevolcanic - explosively unstable; "a volcanic temper"
unstable - lacking stability or fixity or firmness; "unstable political conditions"; "the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind"; "an unstable world economy"
3.volcanic - igneous rock produced by eruption and solidified on or near the earth's surfacevolcanic - 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"
extrusive - of rock material; forced out while molten through cracks in the earth's surface
eldfjalla-; eldgosa-


[vɒlˈkænɪk] ADJvolcánico


[vɒlˈkænɪk] adjvolcanique


adj (lit)Vulkan-; rock, dust, activityvulkanisch; (fig)heftig; volcanic activityVulkantätigkeit f; volcanic eruptionVulkanausbruch m; volcanic islandVulkaninsel f


[vɒlˈkænɪk] adjvulcanico/a


(volˈkeinəu) plural volˈcanoes noun
a hill or mountain with an opening through which molten rock, ashes etc periodically erupt, or have erupted in the past, from inside the earth. The village was destroyed when the volcano erupted.
volˈcanic (-ˈkӕ-) adjective
of, like, or produced by, a volcano. volcanic rock.
References in classic literature ?
The unusual spectacle of her busy mother rocking comfortably and reading early in the morning made Jo feel as if some unnatural phenomenon had occurred, for an eclipse, an earthquake, or a volcanic eruption would hardly have seemed stranger.
Instead he had come to America, where he lived in a garret room in this slum district, and made volcanic energy take the place of fire.
I made about three passes in the air, and then there was an awful crash and that old tower leaped into the sky in chunks, along with a vast volcanic fountain of fire that turned night to noonday, and showed a thou- sand acres of human beings groveling on the ground in a general collapse of consternation.
She gathered up her baby once more; but when her eye fell upon its miserably short little gray tow-linen shirt and noted the contrast between its pauper shabbiness and her own volcanic eruption of infernal splendors, her mother-heart was touched, and she was ashamed.
The old Squire was an implacable man: he made resolutions in violent anger, and he was not to be moved from them after his anger had subsided-- as fiery volcanic matters cool and harden into rock.
He was never so resolute, never so strong, never so full of volcanic energy, as at present.
two volcanic islands emerged of unequal size, surrounded by a coral reef that measured forty miles in circumference.
It was volcanic in origin, and was now fringed on three sides by coral reefs; some fumaroles to the northward, and a hot spring, were the only vestiges of the forces that had long since originated it.
His idea was that meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon the planet, or that a huge volcanic explosion was in progress.
The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.
They beheld volcanic plains stretching around them, and ranges of mountains piled up to the clouds, and glistening with eternal frost: but knew nothing of their defiles, nor how they were to be penetrated or traversed.
But the moon has no seas, so far as we can ascertain; its surface representing one of strictly volcanic origin, the mountains being numerous to a wonderful degree.