Part of speech: noun

Melted rock, as from a volcanic crater.

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Usage examples "lava":

  1. The mountain burst into flames on the southern side, threw up streams of water, burning lava, and stones of an enormous size; traces of the last can be observed as far as the village of Sariaya. - "The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes", Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes.
  2. Jorullo, lava stream of. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  3. Its continuous extension to so low a level clearly shows that the valley had already been deepened to within a few feet of its present depth at the time of the flowing of the lava. - "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.