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Pele's hair

[pey-leyz, pee-leez]
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noun
  1. volcanic glass thread, usually basaltic, caused by the solidification of exploding or ejected lava in the open air.

Origin of Pele's hair

1840–50; translation of Hawaiian lauoho-o-Pele hair of Pele (goddess of the volcano Kilauea)
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Pele's hair

noun
  1. fine threads of volcanic glass formed from molten lava by the action of wind, explosion, etc

Word Origin

C20: translation of Hawaiian lauoho-o Pele, from Pele, name of the goddess of volcanoes
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