lapilli

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Noun[edit]

lapilli (uncountable)

  1. A sphere shaped droplet of molten lava ejected from a volcanic eruption which falls to earth while still at least partially molten, ranging in size from 2 to 64 millimeters.
    • 2007 May 8, Henry Fountain, “It’s Still Dark Out, So Why Are the Birds Singing Away?”, in New York Times[1]:
      They also found rounded granules that are probably accretionary lapilli — volcanic hailstones, formed as material gathers in the air.

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Noun[edit]

lapillī

  1. nominative plural of lapillus
  2. genitive singular of lapillus
  3. vocative plural of lapillus