Definition of lava noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lava

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːvə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːvə//
     
    [uncountable] Natural disasters
     
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  1. 1hot liquid rock that comes out of a volcano molten lava See related entries: Natural disasters
  2. 2this type of rock when it has cooled and become hard
  3. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from Italian (Neapolitan dialect), denoting the lava stream from Vesuvius (an active volcano near Naples in Italy), but originally denoting a stream caused by sudden rain, from lavare ‘to wash’, from Latin.
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