[ vuh-soo-vee-uhn ]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling Mount Vesuvius; volcanic.

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

Origin of Vesuvian

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

Words Nearby Vesuvian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Vesuvian in a sentence

  • The Duke's Vesuvian was sputtering in the spray and wind, and he got a good light before he answered.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story | F. Marion Crawford
  • Suffice it to say that one day Miles and his father had a Vesuvian meeting on the subject of the army.

    Blue Lights | R.M. Ballantyne
  • At last the eruption became "Vesuvian," and the ashes from the crater threatened to re-bury Pompeii—we mean Ashcroft.

    Skookum Chuck Fables | Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
  • “Some few of them are sensible, though,” went on the latter, flaring up a Vesuvian to light his pipe.

    'Tween Snow and Fire | Bertram Mitford
  • Still another of our well-remembered pensions was on the bright Vesuvian Bay.

British Dictionary definitions for vesuvian


/ (vɪˈsuːvɪən) /

  1. (esp formerly) a match for lighting cigars; fusee

  2. another name for vesuvianite

Origin of vesuvian

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

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