volcanism

[vol-kuh-niz-uh m]
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noun Geology.

the phenomena connected with volcanoes and volcanic activity.

Nearby words

  1. volcanic glass,
  2. volcanic neck,
  3. volcanic pipe,
  4. volcanic tuff,
  5. volcaniclastic,
  6. volcanize,
  7. volcano,
  8. volcano islands,
  9. volcanogenic,
  10. volcanology

Also vulcanism.

Origin of volcanism

First recorded in 1865–70; volcan(o) + -ism

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Examples from the Web for volcanism

  • Volcanoes and volcanism are not restricted to the planet Earth.

    Volcanoes|Robert I. Tilling


British Dictionary definitions for volcanism

volcanism

vulcanism

noun

those processes collectively that result in the formation of volcanoes and their products
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Word Origin and History for volcanism

volcanism

n.

1869, from French volcanisme; see volcano + -ism.

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