[French ny-ey ar-dahnt]
- (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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- 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
C20: from French, literally: burning cloud
- 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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