tephra

[tef-ruh]

Origin of tephra

First recorded in 1960–65, tephra is from the Greek word téphra (singular) ashes
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British Dictionary definitions for tephra

tephra

noun
  1. mainly US solid matter ejected during a volcanic eruption

Word Origin for tephra

C20: Greek, literally: ashes
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tephra in Science

tephra

[tĕfrə]
  1. Solid matter, such as ash, dust, and cinders, that is ejected into the air by an erupting volcano. Tephra is a general term for all pyroclastic materials ejected from a volcano.
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