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[brech-ee-uh, bresh-] /ˈbrɛtʃ i ə, ˈbrɛʃ-/
noun, Petrology.
rock composed of angular fragments of older rocks melded together.
Origin of breccia
1765-75; < Italian < Germanic; compare Old High German brecha breaking Unabridged
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a rock consisting of angular fragments embedded in a finer matrix, formed by erosion, impact, volcanic activity, etc
Derived Forms
brecciated, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Old High German brecha a fragment; see breach
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Word Origin and History for breccia

"rock of angular pieces," 1774, from Italian breccia, "marble of angular pieces," from a Germanic source akin to Old High German brecha "a breaking," from Proto-Germanic *brekan, from PIE *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction).

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  (brěch'ē-ə, brěch'ə, brěsh'-)   
A rock composed of angular fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix. Breccias form from explosive volcanic ejections, the compaction of talus, or plate tectonic processes. Breccias are different from conglomerates in that the fragments they contain are angular instead of rounded.
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