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Plinian

/ (ˈplɪnɪən) /
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adjective

geology (of a volcanic eruption) characterized by repeated explosions

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Word Origin for Plinian

C20: named after Pliny the Younger, who described such eruptions
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Example sentences from the Web for Plinian

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

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

  • 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
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