- lava in the form of an agglomeration of rounded, pillow-shaped masses, the result of subaqueous or subglacial volcanic eruption.
Origin of pillow lava
First recorded in 1900–05
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- lava that has solidified under water, having a characteristic structure comprising a series of close-fitting pillow-shaped masses
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- Lava that forms from an underwater eruption and is characterized by pillow-shaped masses. Pillow lava forms when hot lava is suddenly exposed to cold water, forming a sacklike membrane that is filled with additional cooling and solidifying lava. The outer membrane is usually finer grained than the inner lava.
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