nuée ardente


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nuée ardente

[¦nü¦ā är′dänt]
(geology)
A turbulent, rapidly flowing, and sometimes incandescent gaseous cloud erupted from a volcano and containing ash and other pyroclastics in its lower part. Also known as glowing cloud; Pelean cloud.
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