[ French ny-ey ar-dahnt ]
/ French nü eɪ arˈdɑ̃t /
noun, plural nu·ées ar·dentes [French ny-ey zar-dahnt] /French nü eɪ zarˈdɑ̃t/. Geology.
(in a volcanic eruption) a swiftly flowing, dense cloud of hot gases, ashes, and lava fragments.
Origin of nuée ardente
1900–05; < French: literally, burning cloud
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/ (ˈnyeɪ ɑːˈdɑ̃t) /
a rapidly moving turbulent incandescent cloud of gas, ash, and rock fragments flowing close to the ground after violent ejection from a volcanoSee also ignimbrite
Word Origin for nuée ardente
C20: from French, literally: burning cloud
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[ nōō-ā′ ăr-däɴt′ ]
Plural nuées ardentes (nōō-āz′ ăr-däɴt′)
A fast moving gaseous cloud of hot ashes and other material thrown out from an erupting volcano. Nuées ardentes are often incandescent.
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