lapillus

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Latin lapillus

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lapillus (plural lapilli)

  1. A fragment of lava ejected from a volcano.
    • 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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Diminutive from lapis (stone) +‎ -illus.

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Noun[edit]

lapillus m (genitive lapillī); second declension

  1. A small stone, pebble.
  2. Stone in the bladder, gravel, calculus.
  3. A precious stone, gem, jewel; marble.
  4. A tombstone.

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Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lapillus lapillī
Genitive lapillī lapillōrum
Dative lapillō lapillīs
Accusative lapillum lapillōs
Ablative lapillō lapillīs
Vocative lapille lapillī

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