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From French volcanique, from volcan ‎(volcano); and/or directly from volcan(o) +‎ -ic.



volcanic ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a volcano or volcanoes; as, volcanic heat.
  2. Produced by a volcano, or, more generally, by igneous agencies; as, volcanic tufa.
  3. Changed or affected by the heat of a volcano.
  4. 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.

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