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[strey-toh-vol-key-noh, strat-oh-] /ˌstreɪ toʊ vɒlˈkeɪ noʊ, ˌstræt oʊ-/
noun, plural stratovolcanoes, stratovolcanos.
a large, steep volcano built up of alternating layers of lava and ash or cinders.
Also called composite volcano. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When a composite volcano becomes dormant, erosion begins to destroy the cone.

    Volcanoes Robert I. Tilling
  • An interesting variation of a composite volcano can be seen at Crater Lake in Oregon.

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Word Origin and History for composite volcano



coined in German (von Seebach, 1866), from strato-, comb. form of stratus (see stratum) + volcano. So called for its composite structure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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composite volcano in Science
composite volcano  
See under volcano.
See under volcano.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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