Plinian

['plɪnɪən]
adjective Geology relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption in which a narrow stream of gas and ash is violently ejected from a vent to a height of several miles.
Origin
C17: from Ital. pliniano, with ref. to the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, in which Pliny the Elder died.

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  • Pliny — Plinian, adj. /plin ee/, n. 1. ( the Elder, Gaius Plinius Secundus)A.D. 23 79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer. 2. his nephew ( the Younger, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus)A.D. 62? c113, Roman writer, statesman, and orator. * * * …   Universalium

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