Pele's hair

[ pey-leyz, pee-leez ]
/ ˈpeɪ leɪz, ˈpi liz /

noun

volcanic glass thread, usually basaltic, caused by the solidification of exploding or ejected lava in the open air.

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Origin of Pele's hair

1840–50; translation of Hawaiian lauoho-o-Pele hair of Pele (goddess of the volcano Kilauea)
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British Dictionary definitions for Pele's hair

Pele's hair
/ (ˈpeɪleɪz, ˈpiːliːz) /

noun

fine threads of volcanic glass formed from molten lava by the action of wind, explosion, etc

Word Origin for Pele's hair

C20: translation of Hawaiian lauoho-o Pele, from Pele, name of the goddess of volcanoes
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