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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 ?
I have myself published separate volumes on the 'Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs;' on the 'Volcanic Islands visited during the Voyage of the Beagle;' and on the 'Geology of South America.' The sixth volume of the 'Geological Transactions' contains two papers of mine on the Erratic Boulders and Volcanic Phenomena of South America.
Various parts of the mountains also bear traces of volcanic action.
There were days when my heart was volcanic As the scoriac rivers that roll -- As the lavas that restlessly roll Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek, In the ultimate climes of the Pole -- That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek In the realms of the Boreal Pole.
The place into which we gazed was a pit, and may, in the early days, have been one of the smaller volcanic blow-holes of the plateau.
I should have thought no more of Lord John's remark were it not that once again that night I heard him mutter to himself: "Blue clay--clay in a volcanic tube!" They were the last words I heard before I dropped into an exhausted sleep.
Departure from Green River valley Popo Agie Its course The rivers into which it runs Scenery of the Bluffs the great Tar Spring Volcanic tracts in the Crow country Burning Mountain of Powder River Sulphur springs Hidden fires Colter's Hell Wind River Campbell's party Fitzpatrick and his trappers Captain Stewart, an amateur traveller Nathaniel Wyeth Anecdotes of his expedition to the Far West Disaster of Campbell's party A union of bands The Bad Pass The rapids Departure of Fitzpatrick Embarkation of peltries Wyeth and his bull boat Adventures of Captain Bonneville in the Bighorn Mountains Adventures in the plain Traces of Indians Travelling precautions Dangers of making a smoke The rendezvous
A volcanic tract of similar character is found on Stinking River, one of the tributaries of the Bighorn, which takes its unhappy name from the odor derived from sulphurous springs and streams.
Tycho belongs to the system of radiating mountains, like Aristarchus and Copernicus; but it is of all the most complete and decided, showing unquestionably the frightful volcanic action to which the formation of the moon is due.
A volcanic island, for instance, upheaved and formed at the distance of a few hundreds of miles from a continent, would probably receive from it in the course of time a few colonists, and their descendants, though modified, would still be plainly related by inheritance to the inhabitants of the continent.
"What if some volcanic burst should one day raise these two barriers above the waves?"
Playmore, I now reminded him that the eruption which had overwhelmed the town had preserved, for more than sixteen hundred years, such perishable things as the straw in which pottery had been packed; the paintings on house walls; the dresses worn by the inhabitants; and (most noticeable of all, in our case) a piece of ancient paper, still attached to the volcanic ashes which had fallen over it.
She appeared completely riddled with craters, and her essentially volcanic character was apparent at each observation.