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Oct 14, 2005
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Eponyms (words coined after people's names)

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vulcanian

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Vulcanian (vul-KAY-nee-uhn) adjective

1. Relating to a volcanic eruption; volcanic.
2. Relating to metalworking.

The word is coined after Vulcan, the god of fire and metalworking in Roman mythology. Other terms derived from his name are volcano and vulcanization, the process of treating rubber with sulfur and heat to make it more durable.

"Cinq Chansons is a random-sounding score with little sense of line and form; it is not even invigorated by the occasional Vulcanian show of violence that adds interest (however temporary) to the typical solo percussion fantasia."
Arthur Kaptainis; CD Reflects Vivier's Best, Worst; The Montreal Gazette (Canada); May 21, 1988.

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