volcanic

[vol-kan-ik]

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.

Origin of volcanic

1765–75; volcan(o) + -ic; compare French volcanique
Related formsvol·can·i·cal·ly, adverbvol·can·ic·i·ty [vol-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌvɒl kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·vol·can·ic, adjectivesem·i·vol·can·ic, adjectivesem·i·vol·can·i·cal·ly, adverbun·vol·can·ic, adjectiveun·vol·can·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of volcanic

  • Also, he knew the source of the red glow that had seemed like volcanic fires.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The Colonel had seen his men safely to the bottom of the volcanic pit.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The general inclination was to follow the lead of this volcanic man.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • His volcanic temper had become even more than usually uncertain.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And in a moment the other shot off into one of his volcanic surprises.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for volcanic

volcanic

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 Formsvolcanically, adverbvolcanicity (ˌvɒlkəˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for volcanic
adj.

1774, from French volcanique (see volcano). Figurative sense of "prone to explosive activity" is attested from 1854.

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