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pyroclastic

[pahy-ruh-klas-tik]
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adjective Geology.
  1. composed chiefly of fragments of volcanic origin, as agglomerate, tuff, and certain other rocks; volcaniclastic.

Origin of pyroclastic

First recorded in 1885–90; pyro- + clastic
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British Dictionary definitions for pyroclastic

pyroclastic

adjective
  1. (of rocks) formed from the solid fragments ejected during a volcanic eruption
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Word Origin and History for pyroclastic

adj.

1887, from pyro- + clastic.

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pyroclastic in Science

pyroclastic

[pī′rō-klăstĭk]
  1. Composed chiefly of rock fragments of explosive origin, especially those associated with explosive volcanic eruptions. Volcanic ash, obsidian, and pumice are examples of pyroclastic materials.
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