Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Pliny; specifically, in natural history, pertaining to C. Plinius Secundus (Pliny), a celebrated Roman author and naturalist (a. d. 23-79): as, Plinian names.
- n. [lowercase] A variety of cobaltiferous arsenopyrite, erroneously supposed by Breithaupt to be distinct in crystallization.
- In geology, noting the final, most vigorous stage in volcanic eruptions, especially of Vesuvius, during which violent explosions occur, with expulsion of large quantities of steam, ashes, scoriæ, and lava: named after Pliny, the describer of the great eruption of 79 a. d.
- adj. Of or pertaining to Pliny the Younger or Pliny the Elder
“Volcanologists have recognised the importance of Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption by calling similar events "Plinian".”
“Other 1 million are calculated in the second emergency boundary, and the worst numbers show that a population of 3 million people living close to the area could risk in case of another strong "Plinian" eruption.”
“My hope is that we'll see some distinctive signals in the infrasound that will allow us to discriminate the different kinds of eruptive styles - from effusive events that produce lava flows, or small explosive events we call vulcanian eruptions, to the large 'Plinian' events of particular concern to aviation.”
“A treatise that combined "Plinian lore with the recipes of Martino, cook to Cardinal Trevisan, who kept the best table in Rome.”
“Top graph shows the amount of magma fragmentation and resulting dispersal of tephra (ash and larger-sized particles) that typically accompanies different styles of eruption (for example, Hawaiian and Plinian).”
“Hawaiian-style eruptions do not fragment lava into ash-sized particles typical of larage Plinian-style eruptions (see photos above).”
“The stains on and possible death of the child parallel the Isidorean-Plinian mythology of the unnatural havoc wreaked by the menses on the natural world.”
“He told a number of classical tales about double men, attached, not like the Siamese twins, but dos-à-dos; of tribes whose feet acted as parasols, the Plinian”
“Virtus et Mercurius, has Virtus complaining of persist - ent abuse at the hands of Fortuna: “While I am thus despised, I would rather be any tree trunk than a goddess,” a notion suggestive both of the Plinian tree deities and of the tree trunks in De statua.”
“On the 27th of March, 1827, he made a communication to the Plinian Society on the ova, or rather larvæ, of the Flustra or sea-mat, a member of the class Polyzoa, forming a continuous mat-like colony of thousands of organisms leading a joint-stock existence.”
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