[luh-pil-uh s]

Origin of lapillus

1740–50; < Latin: little stone, pebble, diminutive of lapis stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for lapilli


noun plural -li (-laɪ)
  1. a small piece of lava thrown from a volcano

Word Origin for lapillus

C18: Latin: little stone
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lapilli in Science


Plural lapilli (lə-pĭlī′)
  1. A small fragment of lava, between 2 and 64 mm in size, blown out from a volcano.
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