pahoehoe

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Pahoehoe from Kīlauea in Hawaii.

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From Hawaiian pāhoehoe.

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pahoehoe (plural pahoehoes)

  1. A form of lava flow of basaltic rock, usually dark-colored with a smooth or ropey surface. It is one of two chief forms of lava flow emitted from volcanoes of the Hawaiian type, the other form being aa.
    • 1859, R. C. Haskell, American journal of science and arts, series XXVIII:
      We [...] saw ‘pahoihoi’ or solid lava forming, and also ‘aa’ or clinkers.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 44:
      The twisty, ropy kind that personifies flow – all congealed motion – is called pahoehoe.

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