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Pliny

[plin-ee]
noun
  1. the ElderGaius Plinius Secundus, a.d. 23–79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer.
  2. his nephew (“the Younger,” Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) a.d. 62?–c113, Roman writer, statesman, and orator.
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Related formsPlin·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for plinian

Historical Examples

  • Read two papers before the Plinian Society of Edinburgh "at the close of 1826 or early in 1827."

    More Letters of Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

  • Fast-moving deadly pyroclastic flows (“nuées ardentes”) are also commonly associated with plinian eruptions.

    Volcanoes

    Robert I. Tilling

  • The most powerful eruptions are called “plinian” and involve the explosive ejection of relatively viscous lava.

    Volcanoes

    Robert I. Tilling

  • It would be impossible in any case for me to attempt a Plinian panegyric, or a French éloge.


British Dictionary definitions for plinian

Plinian

adjective
  1. geology (of a volcanic eruption) characterized by repeated explosions
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Word Origin

C20: named after Pliny the Younger, who described such eruptions

Pliny

noun
  1. known as Pliny the Elder. Latin name Gaius Plinius Secundus. 23–79 ad, Roman writer, the author of the encyclopedic Natural History (77)
  2. his nephew, known as Pliny the Younger. Latin name Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus. ?62–?113 ad, Roman writer and administrator, noted for his letters
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