[ French ny-eyar-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.
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Origin of nuée ardente
1900–05; <French: literally, burning cloud
Words nearby nuée ardente
, nudum pactum
, nuée ardente
, Nueva Gerona
, Nueva Ocotepeque
, Nueva San Salvador
, Nuevo Laredo
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How to use nuée ardente in a sentence
It irresistibly reminded me of the last ceremonial of dead sovereigns, the "Chapelle Ardente."
Ici la race est daccord avec le paysage, srieuse comme lui, ardente sans frivolit, sans lgances inutiles.
“There is a bottle of agua ardente, and there is another thing we will try,” he said, and rushed to the canoe.
The Chambre Ardente deliberated on the fate of 442 accused persons, and ordered the arrest of 367 of these.
British Dictionary definitions for nuée ardente
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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Scientific definitions for nuée ardente
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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