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A.Word.A.Day--Pele's hair

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This week's theme: Whose what?

Pele's hair (PAY-layz hair) noun

Thin strands of volcanic glass, formed when lava is thrown into the air by the explosion of a volcano.

[After Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes.]

A picture of Pele's hair.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'Look, Pele's hair,' he said. A long glassy filament of lava lay on his palm." Anne Chalfant; Blown Away; Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, California); Jan 1, 2007.

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