shield volcano

[ sheeldvol-key-noh ]
/ ˈʃild vɒlˌkeɪ noʊ /
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noun Geology.
a volcano formed entirely from accumulated flows of fluid lava, growing a few feet at a time and giving the volcano its broad, gently sloping profile.
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Origin of shield volcano

First recorded in 1910–15; translation of German Schildvulkan, from the resemblance of the volcano to an upturned circular shield
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British Dictionary definitions for shield volcano

shield volcano

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
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Scientific definitions for shield volcano

shield volcano

See under volcano.
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