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ˈskɔr i ə, ˈskoʊr-; ˈskɔr iˌi, ˈskoʊr-sco·ri·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slag, scoria, drossnoun

    the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals


  1. scorianoun

    The slag or dross that remains after the smelting of metal from an ore.

    Etymology: From scoria, from σκωρία, from σκῶρ.

  2. scorianoun

    Rough masses of rock formed by solidified lava, and which can be found around a volcano's crater.

    Etymology: From scoria, from σκωρία, from σκῶρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scorianoun

    the recrement of metals in fusion, or the slag rejected after the reduction of metallic ores; dross

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. dung, ordure.]

  2. Scorianoun

    cellular slaggy lava; volcanic cinders

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. dung, ordure.]


  1. Scoria

    Scoria is a highly vesicular, dark colored volcanic rock that may or may not contain crystals. It is typically dark in color, and basaltic or andesitic in composition. Scoria is relatively low in mass as a result of its numerous macroscopic ellipsoidal vesicles, but in contrast to pumice, all scoria has a specific gravity greater than 1, and sinks in water. The holes or vesicles form when gases that were dissolved in the magma come out of solution as it erupts, creating bubbles in the molten rock, some of which are frozen in place as the rock cools and solidifies. Scoria may form as part of a lava flow, typically near its surface, or as fragmental ejecta, for instance in Strombolian eruptions that form steep-sided scoria cones. Most scoria is composed of glassy fragments, and may contain phenocrysts. The word scoria comes from the Greek σκωρία, skōria, rust. An old name for scoria is cinder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scoria

    skō′ri-a, n. dross or slag left from metal or ores after being under fire: a genus of geometrid moths:—pl. Scō′riæ, volcanic ashes.—adjs. Scō′riac, Scoriā′ceous.—ns. Scorificā′tion, the act or operation of reducing a body to scoria: a method of assaying by fusing the ore with metallic lead and borax in a scorifier; Scor′ifīer, a flat dish used in such a form of assaying.—adj. Scō′riform, like scoria.—v.t. Scō′rify, to reduce to slag.—adj. Scō′rious. [L.,—Gr. skōria.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scoria in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scoria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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