volcanic glass



a natural glass produced when molten lava cools very rapidly; obsidian.

Nearby words

  1. volcanic,
  2. volcanic arc,
  3. volcanic ash,
  4. volcanic bomb,
  5. volcanic cone,
  6. volcanic neck,
  7. volcanic pipe,
  8. volcanic tuff,
  9. volcaniclastic,
  10. volcanism

Origin of volcanic glass

First recorded in 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for volcanic glass

volcanic glass


any of several glassy volcanic igneous rocks, such as obsidian and pitchstone
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Science definitions for volcanic glass

volcanic glass

Natural glass produced by the cooling of molten lava too quickly to permit crystallization. Obsidian is a type of volcanic glass.
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