pyroclastic

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GLOSSARY
Pertaining to fragmented (clastic) rock material formed by a volcanic explosion or ejection from a volcanic vent.
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GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS
Refers to processes resulting from the explosive fragmentation of a magma or lava. May also be used to describe the deposits formed by explosive volcanic activity and directly deposited by transport processes resulting directly from this activity (Cas and Wright, 1987, p. 8). Pyroclastic is a Greek term which means "fire-broken" (Harris, 2000, p. 1301).

Glossary of volcanic terms. - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. . 2001.

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  • pyroclastic — 1887, from PYRO (Cf. pyro ) + CLASTIC (Cf. clastic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pyroclastic — [pī΄rə klas′tik] adj. [ PYRO + CLASTIC] of or having to do with rocks formed from material that was explosively ejected from a volcano …   English World dictionary

  • pyroclastic — adjective Date: 1887 formed by or involving fragmentation as a result of volcanic or igneous action …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pyroclastic — /puy reuh klas tik/, adj. Geol. composed chiefly of fragments of volcanic origin, as agglomerate, tuff, and certain other rocks; volcaniclastic. [1885 90; PYRO + CLASTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pyroclastic — adjective Mostly composed of rock fragments of volcanic origin …   Wiktionary

  • pyroclastic —    (adjective)    Pertaining to clastic rock particles produced by explosive, aerial ejection from a volcanic vent. Such materials may accumulate on land or under water.    Compare: epiclastic, volcaniclastic, clastic.    G. Smith & HP …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • pyroclastic — adj. made up of volcanically separated fragments …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pyroclastic — py·ro·clas·tic …   English syllables

  • pyroclastic — py•ro•clas•tic [[t]ˌpaɪ rəˈklæs tɪk[/t]] adj. gel composed chiefly of volcanic rock fragments, as agglomerate or tuff • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • pyroclastic — /paɪroʊˈklæstɪk/ (say puyroh klastik) adjective composed chiefly of fragments of volcanic origin, as agglomerate, tuff, and certain other rocks …   Australian English dictionary

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