Of or pertaining to a volcano or volcanoes; as, volcanic heat.
Produced by a volcano, or, more generally, by igneous agencies; as, volcanic tufa.
Changed or affected by the heat of a volcano.
Reminiscent of a volcano; explosive, violent, full of suppressed anger, energy etc.
* 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 556:
- With that the system was complete, and ready to have its disastrous effect on Martin Luther's volcanic temper.
(geology) The solid material thrown into the air by a volcanic eruption that settles on the surrounding areas.
*2004 , (Richard Fortey), The Earth , Folio Society 2011, p. 126:
*:The sky would have darkened with sheer volume of ash, the grapes would have withered upon the vine; misfortune would have fallen with the inexorability of volcanic tephra upon rich and poor alike.
*2011 , (Chris Stringer), The Origin of Our Species , Penguin 2012, p. 46:
*:Over a five-year research period, RESET is correlating tephras from their volcanic sources to where they fell in deep ocean and lake sediments, and even further into important archaeological sites in Europe, western Asia and North Africa.