[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.

Origin of hornito

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



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