- of, relating to, or resembling Mount Vesuvius; volcanic.
- (lowercase) a type of match formerly used for lighting cigars; fusee.
Origin of Vesuvian
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Then—the campaign with its crowds, its enthusiasm, its Vesuvian mutterings.A Man for the Ages
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
- (esp formerly) a match for lighting cigars; fusee
- another name for vesuvianite
C18 (the mineral), C19 (the match): both named after Vesuvius
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