from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bursting forth; of the nature of or like an eruption.
  • In pathology, attended with a breaking out or eruption; accompanied with an eruption or rash: as, an eruptive fever.
  • In geology, produced by eruption: as, eruptive rocks, such as the igneous or volcanic.
  • noun In geology, a rock or mineral produced by eruption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Geol.) An eruptive rock.
  • adjective Breaking out or bursting forth.
  • adjective (Med.) Attended with eruption or efflorescence, or producing it.
  • adjective (Geol.) Produced by eruption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That erupts
  • adjective That is accompanied by eruptions
  • adjective Produced by eruption
  • noun An eruptive rock

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective actively spewing out lava
  • adjective producing or characterized by eruptions
  • adjective produced by the action of fire or intense heat


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