- a circular volcanic landform resulting from explosive ash eruptions.
Origin of maar
First recorded in 1820–30, maar is from the German word Maar a depression filled with standing water (especially in the Eifel district)
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Examples from the Web for maar
Maar, bandmaster at Breslau, gave him his first instruction in counterpoint.Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2)
Bouman and Maar belong to the younger Dutch Violoncellists who have become prominent by their performances.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
Jong rijs is te buigen, maar geen oude boomen—Young twigs will bend, but not old trees.
I nipped the unprofitable discussion in the bud by demanding, as I moved away: “Maar wat is trek?”
Her reply confounded me: “Vandaag of morgen, maar U moet belet vragen.”
- (sometimes capital) a coneless volcanic crater that has been formed by a single explosion
C19: from German
- A broad, shallow, generally flat-floored volcanic crater that is often filled with water. Maars usually form from explosive eruptions caused by the heating and boiling of groundwater that is invaded by rising magma.
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