Definition of Pele's hair in English:

Pele's hair


  • [mass noun] Fine threads of volcanic glass, formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air.

    • ‘Known locally as Pele's hair (for the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele) it collects in crevices and behind small rocks in the vicinity of an active flow.’
    • ‘We slip away, hand-in-hand, down to the boats under the rain of pumice and Pele's hair.’
    • ‘Pele's hair is gold in color and has a diameter of less than half a millimeter.’


Mid 19th century: translating Hawaiian lauohu o Pele, Pele being the goddess of volcanoes in Hawaiian mythology.


Pele's hair