the scientific study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena.

Origin of volcanology

First recorded in 1885–90; volcano + -logy
Related formsvol·can·o·log·i·cal [vol-kuh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌvɒl kə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, vol·can·o·log·ic, adjectivevol·can·ol·o·gist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for volcanology

Historical Examples of volcanology

  • Since no one was really sure about the physics of volcanology, no one had a good guess why the volcanic action had begun again.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for volcanology




the study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena
Derived Formsvolcanological (ˌvɒlkənəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or vulcanological, adjectivevolcanologist or vulcanologist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

volcanology in Science


[vŏl′kə-nŏlə-jē, vôl′-]

The scientific study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.