[ lah-vuh-lamp ]
/ ˈlɑ və ˌlæmp /
an electric lamp made of a transparent, tapered cylinder containing a liquid in which a colored wax-based or waxlike substance is stimulated by the heat of the light bulb to change into randomly separating shapes that constantly rise and fall: Call me an old hippie, but lava lamps belong in rooms with Woodstock posters and beaded curtains, not among the pristine décor of gabled verandas.
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Origin of lava lamp
First recorded in 1965–70
Words nearby lava lamp
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British Dictionary definitions for lava lamp
a decorative type of lamp in which a luminous viscous material moves in constantly changing shapes
Word Origin for lava lamp
C20: from the resemblance of the shapes to molten lava in water
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