See also: volcànic



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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /vɒlˈkanɪk/
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  • Hyphenation: vol‧can‧ic


volcanic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a volcano or volcanoes
    volcanic heat.
    volcanic activity.
  2. Produced by a volcano, or, more generally, by igneous agencies
    volcanic tufa
    volcanic ash
  3. Changed or affected by the heat of a volcano.
  4. (figuratively) 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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volcanic (plural volcanics)

  1. A volcanic rock.
    The Ellesmere Island Volcanics are a Late Cretaceous volcanic group of volcanoes and lava flows in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of northern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada.