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Molten lava


Molten rock, or magma, emitted from a volcano or fissure. The term lava is used for both the molten liquid and the cooled solid material. The main varieties of lava rocks are Rhyolite, Basalt, and Obsidian. Lava typically has a high Iron content. It has been used for dark-color, temmoku-type glazes.


Synonyms and Related Terms

lava (Esp., Ned., Port.); lave (Fr.); Lava (Deut.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 440
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997