[ skawr-ee-uh, skohr- ]
/ ˈskɔr i ə, ˈskoʊr- /

noun, plural sco·ri·ae [skawr-ee-ee, skohr-]. /ˈskɔr iˌi, ˈskoʊr-/.

Metallurgy. the refuse, dross, or slag left after melting or smelting metal; scum.
Geology. a cinderlike basic cellular lava.

Origin of scoria

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin scōria<Greek skōría, derivative of skôr dung


sco·ri·a·ceous [skawr-ee-ey-shuhs, skohr-], /ˌskɔr iˈeɪ ʃəs, ˌskoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scoria

/ (ˈskɔːrɪə) /

noun plural -riae (-rɪˌiː)

a rough cindery crust on top of solidified lava flows containing numerous vesicles
refuse obtained from smelted ore; slag

Derived forms of scoria

scoriaceous (ˌskɔːrɪˈeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for scoria

C17: from Latin: dross, from Greek skōria, from skōr excrement
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Scientific definitions for scoria

[ skôrē-ə ]

Plural scoriae (skôrē-ē′)

Rough, crusty, solidified lava containing numerous vesicles that originated as gas bubbles in the lava while it was still molten.
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