The etymology of “El Chichón”



The eruption of El Chichón in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, in spring 1982 is clearly an important event for the study of volcanic effects on climate. Many reports have already appeared describing properties of the dust cloud [Robock, 1983], and comparisons of observed and calculated atmospheric effects have been undertaken [e.g., Quiroz, 1983]. We have meanwhile noted confusion regarding the meaning of the name of the volcano, and it is the intent of this note to clarify this problem.

One meaning given in various dictionaries—easy, presenting no problem, teasing, joke-playing (Central and South America)—seems irrelevant and will not be treated further here.