nuee ardente

nuee ardente

noun, plural nu·ées ar·dentes [French ny-ey zardahnt] /French nü eɪ zarˈdɑ̃t/. Geology.

  1. (in a volcanic eruption) a swiftly flowing, dense cloud of hot gases, ashes, and lava fragments.


  1. a rapidly moving turbulent incandescent cloud of gas, ash, and rock fragments flowing close to the ground after violent ejection from a volcanoSee also ignimbrite

Plural nuées ardentes (nōō-āz ăr-däɴt)

  1. A fast moving gaseous cloud of hot ashes and other material thrown out from an erupting volcano. Nuées ardentes are often incandescent.

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