One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A destructive mudflow on the slopes of a volcano.
- ‘Some volcanic eruptions generate dangerous lahars (mud flows of volcanic ash mixed with water) that travel far beyond the volcano.’
- ‘Continued growth increases the risk of partial dome collapse, which could trigger moderate explosions and possibly significant lahars (volcanic mudflows) from the crater.’
- ‘Major valleys cutting the volcano's flanks have been partly or completely filled in by pyroclastic flow deposits and lahars.’
- ‘Mudflows (also called debris flows or lahars, an Indonesian term for volcanic mudflows) are mixtures of volcanic debris and water.’
- ‘Two bridges connect the town to the other side. The residents have only minutes to get across those bridges to escape potential lava flows, lahars, and mudslides.’
1920s: from Javanese.
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