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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvʌlkən/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin Vulcānus, of Etruscan origin, but unknown meaning. Doublet of volcano.

Proper nounEdit


  1. (Roman mythology) The god of volcanoes and fire, especially the forge, also the patron of all craftsmen, principally blacksmiths. The Roman counterpart of Hephaestus.
    The goddess Venus was the wife of Vulcan.
  2. (astronomy, historical) A hypothetical planet proposed to exist in an orbit between Mercury and the Sun in a 19th-century hypothesis.
  3. A town in southern Alberta, Canada.
  4. A volcano in Papua New Guinea.
  5. A commune of Brașov County, Romania.
  6. A city in Hunedoara County, Romania.
  7. A village in the commune of Apold, Mureș County, Romania.
  8. A village in the commune of Ciuruleasa, Alba County, Romania.
  9. A ghost town in Gunnison County, Colorado.
  10. An unincorporated community in Norway Township, Dickinson County, Michigan.
  11. An unincorporated community in Iron County, Missouri.
  12. An inactive volcano in New Mexico.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Vulcan (etymology 1), from the Star Trek TV series of the 1960s.

Proper nounEdit


  1. (fiction) An inhabited planet, the homeworld of the Vulcan species.
    • 1998, The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life, London, page 159:
      Steve and I explained the new program to our children, who looked at us as if we had just announced that we were from the planet Vulcan.


Vulcan (plural Vulcans)

  1. (fiction) An inhabitant of the planet Vulcan.
  2. (slang, derogatory) A person who seems to lack emotion or is overly analytical and boring (like the fictional Vulcans).