Vesuvian

[ vuh-soo-vee-uh n ]
/ vəˈsu vi ən /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling Mount Vesuvius; volcanic.

noun

(lowercase) a type of match formerly used for lighting cigars; fusee.

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Origin of Vesuvian

First recorded in 1665–75; Vesuvi(us) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for vesuvian

vesuvian

/ (vɪˈsuːvɪən) /

noun

(esp formerly) a match for lighting cigars; fusee
another name for vesuvianite

Word Origin for vesuvian

C18 (the mineral), C19 (the match): both named after Vesuvius

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