[ hawr-nee-toh; Spanish awr-nee-taw ]
/ hɔrˈni toʊ; Spanish ɔrˈni tɔ /
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.
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Origin of hornito
1820–30; <Spanish, equivalent to horn(o) oven (<Latin furnus, fornus;see furnace) + -ito diminutive suffix
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Scientific definitions for hornito
[ hôr-nē′tō ]
A low mound of matter ejected from a volcano, sometimes emitting smoke or vapor.
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