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[vuh-soo-vee-uh n] /vəˈsu vi ən/
of, relating to, or resembling Mount Vesuvius; volcanic.
(lowercase) a type of match formerly used for lighting cigars; fusee.
Origin of Vesuvian
First recorded in 1665-75; Vesuvi(us) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then—the campaign with its crowds, its enthusiasm, its Vesuvian mutterings.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • Observation on the volcanoes of other districts show that the Vesuvian group is in this regard not peculiar.

    Outlines of the Earth's History Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • The name anorthite was given to the Vesuvian mineral by G. Rose in 1823, on account of its anorthic crystallization.

  • Pratt started, flushed angrily, and brushed the Vesuvian from his coat, but not until it had burned there a round black spot.

    Thereby Hangs a Tale George Manville Fenn
  • A Vesuvian explosion seemed to heave in his capacious bosom, and found vent in a furious roar.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • If I have not lost my mind I have accurately conveyed those two Vesuvian irruptions of philosophy.

    Essays on Paul Bourget Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Here was Naples deserted by the thousands of foreigners whom a few days of Vesuvian bellowings had frightened into abject panic.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • Sir Humphry Davy observed that the fumes which escaped from Vesuvian lava deposited common salt.

    The History of Salt Evan Martlett Boddy
  • Otherwise the world presents itself to them under too settled an aspect—unless, of course, Vesuvian Revolution shakes the land.

  • Readers will transport themselves to the Bay of Naples, and beautiful Vesuvian scenery seen from sea.

British Dictionary definitions for Vesuvian


(esp formerly) a match for lighting cigars; fusee
another name for vesuvianite
Word Origin
C18 (the mineral), C19 (the match): both named after Vesuvius
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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