Pahoehoe is a Hawaiian term for basaltic lava that has a smooth, hummocky, or ropy surface. A pahoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. The surface texture of pahoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture (see pahoehoe terms below).
Photograph by J.D. Griggs on 16 July 1990
Toes of a pahoehoe flow advance across a road in Kalapana on the east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i.
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  • pahoehoe — ☆ pahoehoe [pä hō′ē hō΄ē ] n. [Haw pāhoehoe] a type of basaltic rock, usually dark colored with a smooth, ropy surface, formed in large sheets from fluid, fast moving lava: cf. AA …   English World dictionary

  • Pahoehoe — Pa*ho e*ho e, n. (Min.) A name given in Hawaii (formerly the Sandwich Islands) to lava having a relatively smooth or billowing surface, in distinction from the rough surfaced lava, called {aa}. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pahoehoe — 1859, from Hawaiian …   Etymology dictionary

  • pahoehoe — s. f. [Geologia] Tipo de lava fluida, que solidifica com uma superfície regular, lisa ou ondulada. ≠ AA   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa, do havaiano …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Pahoehoe — Lave pahoehoe Coulée de lave pahoehoe en lobe progressant sur une lave pahoehoe en corde au Kilauea. La lave pahoehoe ou lave cordée est un type de lave, généralement basaltique, parfois carbonatique, très pauvre en silice et à très haute… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pahoehoe — /pah hoh ay hoh ay, peuh hoh ee hoh ee/, n. basaltic lava having a smooth or billowy surface. Cf. aa. [1855 60; < Hawaiian pahoehoe] * * * …   Universalium

  • pahoehoe — noun /pəˌhoʊ.iˈhoʊ.i/lang=en A form of lava flow of basaltic rock, usually dark colored with a smooth or ropey surface. It is one of two chief forms of lava flow emitted from volcanoes of the Hawaiian type, the other form being aa. Quotations …   Wiktionary

  • pahoehoe —    (Hawaiian.) Lava flows with a smooth or billowy surface in which lava tubes are found [13].    See also lava cave; pseudokarst …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • pahoehoe — n. hardened basaltic lava having relatively smooth surface …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pahoehoe — [pə həʊɪhəʊi] noun Geology basaltic lava forming smooth undulating or ropy masses. Often contrasted with aa. Origin C19: from Hawaiian …   English new terms dictionary

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