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caldera

[ kal-der-uh, kawl- ]
/ kælˈdɛr ə, kɔl- /
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noun
a large, basinlike depression resulting from the explosion or collapse of the center of a volcano.
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Origin of caldera

1860–65; <Spanish Caldera, name of a crater on Canary Islands, literally, cauldron <Late Latin caldāria, noun use of feminine of caldārius of warming; see caldarium

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH caldera

caldera , fumarole, geyser, volcano
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British Dictionary definitions for caldera

caldera
/ (kælˈdɛərə, ˈkɔːldərə) /

noun
a large basin-shaped crater at the top of a volcano, formed by the collapse or explosion of the coneSee cirque

Word Origin for caldera

C19: from Spanish Caldera (literally: cauldron), name of a crater in the Canary Islands
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Scientific definitions for caldera

caldera
[ kăl-dârə, -dîrə, käl- ]

A large, roughly circular crater left after a volcanic explosion or the collapse of a volcanic cone. Calderas are typically much wider in diameter than the openings of the vents from which they were formed.
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