[ ig-nim-brahyt ]
/ ˈɪg nɪmˌbraɪt /

noun Petrology.

a fine-grained volcanic rock consisting mainly of welded shards of feldspar and quartz.

Origin of ignimbrite

1932; < Latin ign(is) fire + imbr-, stem of imber rain, shower + -ite1
Also called welded tuff.
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British Dictionary definitions for ignimbrite


/ (ˈɪɡnɪmˌbraɪt) /


a rock formed by the deposition at high temperature and the consolidation of a nuée ardente or other type of ash flow, being a complicated mixture of volcanic materials welded together by heat, hot gases, and pressureAlso called: welded tuft See tuft

Word Origin for ignimbrite

C20: from Latin ign (is) fire + imbr (is), imber shower of rain + -ite 1
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Science definitions for ignimbrite


[ ĭgnĭm-brīt′ ]

A volcanic rock formed by the consolidation of volcanic ash and other material ejected by an explosive volcanic eruption.
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