ignimbrite

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From Latin ignis (fire) + imbris (shower; stormcloud) +‎ -ite.

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ignimbrite (plural ignimbrites)

  1. (geology) A deposit left by the pyroclastic flow from a volcano, consisting of ash, pumice lapilli, and lithic fragments. [from 20th c.]
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 13:
      The walls of the houses and shops and temples were often constructed of alternating courses of large blocks of ignimbrite and small, sienna-coloured Roman bricks.