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cinder cone

noun Geology.
  1. a small, conical volcano built of ash and cinders.
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Origin of cinder cone

First recorded in 1840–50
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  • Nor did these people neglect the gods, for in this crater town, as in the cinder-cone town, a place of worship was prepared.

    Canyons of the Colorado

    J. W. Powell

cinder cone in Science

cinder cone

  1. A steep, conical hill consisting of glassy volcanic fragments that accumulate around and downwind from a volcanic vent. Cinder cones range in size from tens to hundreds of meters tall.
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