lapillus
noun (plural lapilli) Etymology: Latin, diminutive of lapis Date: 1747 a small stony or glassy fragment of lava ejected in a volcanic eruption

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  • lapillus — [lə pil′əs] n. pl. lapilli [lə pil′ī΄] [L, dim. of lapis, stone] a small fragment of igneous rock, up to the size of a walnut, ejected from a volcano …   English World dictionary

  • lapillus — (plural lapilli)) the otolith in the utriculus of the pars superior. It is held in a vertical position against the cells of the utricular macula which is innervated by the anterior branch of cranial nerve VIII (the stato acoustic nerve).… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Lapillus — La|pịl|lus 〈m.; , pịl|li; meist Pl.〉 bei Vulkanausbrüchen ausgeworfenes, 1 bis 3 cm großes Lavastück [<ital. lapilli (Pl.) „Steinchen“ <lat. lapillus „Steinchen“, Verkleinerungsform zu lapis „Stein“] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Lapillus — La|pịl|lus 〈m.; Gen.: , Pl.: pịl|li; meist Pl.〉 bei Vulkanausbrüchen ausgeworfenes, 1 bis 3 cm großes Lavastück [Etym.: <ital. lapilli (Pl.) »Steinchen« <lat. lapillus »Steinchen«, Verkleinerungsform zu lapis »Stein«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • lapillus — /leuh pil euhs/, n., pl. lapilli / pil uy/. a small stony particle ejected from a volcano. [1740 50; < L: little stone, pebble, dim. of lapis stone] * * * ▪ volcanic ejecta plural  Lapilli,   unconsolidated volcanic fragment with a diameter… …   Universalium

  • lapillus — n. small stone ejected from a volcano …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lapillus — la·pil·lus …   English syllables

  • lapillus — la•pil•lus [[t]ləˈpɪl əs[/t]] n. pl. pil•li [[t] ˈpɪl aɪ[/t]] gel a small stony particle ejected from a volcano • Etymology: 1740–50; < L: pebble, dim. of lapis stone …   From formal English to slang

  • lapillus —   n. (pl. li ) small stone, especially ejected by volcano.    ♦ lapilliform, a. like small stones …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • lapillus — …   Useful english dictionary

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