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Definition: 1. of or relating to fire; 2. descriptive of rock formed from molten volcanic magma or from another source of intense heat

Synonyms: burning, fiery

Antonyms: cold

Tips: Igneous comes from the Latin word ignis or fire. Lava rocks are considered ingneous because they are products of molten magma, under conditions of intense heat. When used to describe something intesely hot or burning, igneous is a rather formal word.

Usage Examples:

The destination was popular with tourists because of the interesting igneous rock formations, created by a river of magma, hundreds of years ago. (of molten lava)

The igneous climate of the high desert caused few life forms to be able to survive there. (intensely hot)

On a clear night, igneous rivers of lava can still be seen flowing down the side of Vocano Arenal in Costa Rica. (intensely hot, burning)

Beautiful, black fields of igneous rock are one of Hawaii's many tourist attractions. (lava)

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