[vuh-soo-vee-uh n]
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  1. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for vesuvian

Congreve, fusee, locofoco, Vesta, vesuvian

Examples from the Web for vesuvian

Historical Examples of vesuvian

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for vesuvian


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

Word Origin for vesuvian

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