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pozzolana

[pot-suh-lah-nuh; Italian pawt-tsaw-lah-nah]
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noun
  1. a porous variety of volcanic tuff or ash used in making hydraulic cement.
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Also poz·zo·lan [pot-suh-luh n] /ˈpɒt sə lən/, poz·zuo·la·na [pot-swuh-lah-nuh; Italian pawt-tswaw-lah-nah] /ˌpɒt swəˈlɑ nə; Italian ˌpɔt tswɔˈlɑ nɑ/, puzzolan, puzzolana.

Origin of pozzolana

1905–10; < Italian < Latin puteolāna, feminine of puteolānus of Pozzuoli (< Latin Puteolī literally, little springs); see -an
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Historical Examples

  • In 1775 he discovered in the Velay a rich deposit of pozzuolana, which in due course was worked by the government.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2

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  • An artificial product which serves perfectly as a pozzuolana is granulated blast-furnace slag.


British Dictionary definitions for pozzuolana

pozzuolana

pozzolana (ˌpɒtsəˈlɑːnə)

noun
  1. a type of porous volcanic ash used in making hydraulic cements
  2. any of various artificial substitutes for this ash used in cements
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German name: puzzolana

Word Origin

C18: from Italian: of Pozzuoli
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