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cinder cone


noun Geology.

a small, conical volcano built of ash and cinders.


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Nearby words

cinco de mayo, cincture, cinder, cinder block, cinder concrete, cinder cone, cinder patch, cinder track, cinderella, cinders, cindy

Origin of cinder cone

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cinder cone

  • 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

Science definitions for cinder cone

cinder cone

[ sĭndər ]

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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