shield volcano

noun

a broad volcano built up from the repeated nonexplosive eruption of basalt to form a low dome or shield, usually having a large caldera at the summit

Nearby words

  1. shield bug,
  2. shield cricket,
  3. shield fern,
  4. shield law,
  5. shield match,
  6. shield-tailed snake,
  7. shields,
  8. shieling,
  9. shier,
  10. shiest

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Science definitions for shield volcano

shield volcano

See under volcano.
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