[hawr-nee-toh; Spanish awr-nee-taw]

noun, plural hor·ni·tos [hawr-nee-tohz; Spanish awr-nee-taws] /hɔrˈni toʊz; Spanish ɔrˈni tɔs/. Geology.

a low oven-shaped mound of congealed lava, common in some volcanic districts, emitting hot smoke and vapors in the final stages of activity.

Nearby words

  1. horney,
  2. horney, karen,
  3. hornfels,
  4. hornie,
  5. horning,
  6. hornpipe,
  7. hornpout,
  8. horns and halo effect,
  9. horns of a dilemma, on the,
  10. hornsby

Origin of hornito

1820–30; < Spanish, equivalent to horn(o) oven (< Latin furnus, fornus; see furnace) + -ito diminutive suffix

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Science definitions for hornito



A low mound of matter ejected from a volcano, sometimes emitting smoke or vapor.
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