- lautréamont, comte de,
- lava lamp,
Origin of lava
Examples from the Web for lava
Lava and ash fell for days; the sun was obliterated for three months.
No longer would they have crazy adventures like campus-wide paintball and lava matches.‘Community’ Season Finale: Greendale Stares into the Abyss, Again|Chancellor Agard|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were paid $50 to play a tiny Los Angeles speakeasy called The Lava Lounge—now The Woods.Cold War Kids on Faith, Hipster Detractors & Their Musical Evolution|Marlow Stern|April 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So he turned to craftsmen living at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius who had pioneered a technique for working with lava stone.Subtle Sophistication: Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier|Robin Givhan|October 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Communal distrust, in India, is lava always simmering beneath the skin.
And does she not then lie trembling at the thought that she may sometime be swallowed up in a tremendous flow of lava?Our Little Hawaiian Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Nearly all the valleys through which we passed to-day were covered with lava, but nevertheless offered many beautiful spots.Visit to Iceland|Ida Pfeiffer
Say shall Destruction's lava load the gale, The furnace quiver and the mountain quail?The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
We collected several specimens of sulphur and lava, and also a quantity of what the natives call the hair of Pele.A Voyage round the World|W.H.G. Kingston
These tuffs, and the associated trappean rocks, must not be compared to lava and scori which had cooled in the open air.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
Word Origin for lava
1750, from Italian (Neapolitan or Calabrian dialect) lava "torrent, stream," traditionally from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Originally applied in Italian to flash flood rivulets after downpours, then to streams of molten rock from Vesuvius. Alternative etymology is from Latin labes "a fall," from labi "to fall." Lava lamp is attested from 1965, also lava light (reg. U.S., 1968, as Lava Lite).