- the ElderGaius Plinius Secundus, a.d. 23–79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer.
- his nephew (“the Younger,” Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) a.d. 62?–c113, Roman writer, statesman, and orator.
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Historical Examples of plinian
Read two papers before the Plinian Society of Edinburgh "at the close of 1826 or early in 1827."More Letters of Charles Darwin
Fast-moving deadly pyroclastic flows (“nuées ardentes”) are also commonly associated with plinian eruptions.
The most powerful eruptions are called “plinian” and involve the explosive ejection of relatively viscous lava.
It would be impossible in any case for me to attempt a Plinian panegyric, or a French éloge.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)
Thomas De Quincey
- geology (of a volcanic eruption) characterized by repeated explosions
Word Origin for Plinian
- known as Pliny the Elder. Latin name Gaius Plinius Secundus. 23–79 ad, Roman writer, the author of the encyclopedic Natural History (77)
- his nephew, known as Pliny the Younger. Latin name Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus. ?62–?113 ad, Roman writer and administrator, noted for his letters