volcanic

[ vol-kan-ik ]
/ vɒlˈkæn ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to a volcano: a volcanic eruption.
discharged from or produced by volcanoes: volcanic mud.
characterized by the presence of volcanoes: a volcanic area.
suggestive of or resembling a volcano; potentially explosive; volatile: a volcanic temper.

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Origin of volcanic

1765–75; volcan(o) + -ic; compare French volcanique

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British Dictionary definitions for volcanic

volcanic
/ (vɒlˈkænɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by the presence of volcanoesa volcanic region
suggestive of or resembling an erupting volcanoa volcanic era
another word for extrusive (def. 2)

Derived forms of volcanic

volcanically, adverbvolcanicity (ˌvɒlkəˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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