[strey-toh-vol-key-noh, strat-oh-]

noun, plural stra·to·vol·ca·noes stra·to·vol·ca·nos.

a large, steep volcano built up of alternating layers of lava and ash or cinders.

Also called composite volcano. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for composite volcano



coined in German (von Seebach, 1866), from strato-, comb. form of stratus (see stratum) + volcano. So called for its composite structure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

composite volcano in Science

composite volcano

See under volcano.



See under volcano.
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