One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fine threads of volcanic glass, formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air.
- ‘Pele's hair is gold in color and has a diameter of less than half a millimeter.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: translating Hawaiian lauohu o Pele, Pele being the goddess of volcanoes in Hawaiian mythology.
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