Pele's hair
Pele's hair Pe"le's hair [After a Hawaiian goddess associated with the crater Kilauea.] Glass threads or fibers formed by the wind from bits blown from frothy lava or from the tips of lava jets or from bits of liquid lava thrown into the air. It often collects in thick masses resembling tow. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Pele's hair — [pā′lāz΄, pē′lēz΄] n. [transl. of Haw lauoho o Pele, after Pele, goddess of volcanoes] fine, hairlike filaments of volcanic glass formed naturally from molten lava that hardened while it was subjected to high winds or other turbulence …   English World dictionary

  • Pele's hair — See also Spanish moss for information on the plant nicknamed Pele’s hair Pele s hair a geological term for volcanic glass threads or fibers formed when small particles of molten material are thrown into the air and spun out by the wind into long… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele's hair — USGS PHOTO GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS Thin strands of volcanic glass drawn out from molten lava have long been called Pele s hair, named for Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. A single strand, with a diameter of less than 0.5 mm, may be as… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • Pele's hair — /pay layz, pee leez/ volcanic glass thread, usually basaltic, caused by the solidification of exploding or ejected lava in the open air. [1840 50; trans. of Hawaiian lauoho o Pele hair of Pele (goddess of the volcano Kilauea)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pele's hair — /peɪleɪz ˈhɛə/ (say paylayz hair) noun fine threads of volcanic material formed by the weathering action of wind, etc., on molten lava. {translation of Hawaiian ilauoho o Pele, from Pele, the fire goddess who inhabited a volcano} …   Australian English dictionary

  • pele's hair — ˌpālāz , ˌpēlēz noun Usage: usually capitalized P Etymology: translation of Hawaiian lauoho o Pele, from Pele, Hawaiian volcano goddess : glass threads or fibers blown by the wind from frothy lava, the tips of lava jets, or drops of liquid lava… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pele's hair —   Lauoho o Pele …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • pele's hair — GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS A type of achnelith composed of thin, hair like strands of volcanic glass. These thin, cylindrical strands of volcanic glass are commonly golden in color, have diameters between 1 500mm in diameter, and may be up to 1… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • Pele's tears — Pele’s tears is a geological term for small pieces of solidified lava drops formed when airborne particles of molten material fuse into tearlike drops of volcanic glass. Pele’s tears are jet black in color and are often found on one end of a… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele's tears — USGS PHOTO GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS Small bits of molten lava in fountains can cool quickly and solidify into glass particles shaped like spheres or tear drops called Pele s tears, named after Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. They are… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

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