- Mount, an active volcano in SW Italy, near Naples. Its eruption destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum a.d. 79. About 3900 feet (1190 meters).
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Examples from the Web for vesuvius
It is a greater mountain than Vesuvius and has done more work than she has done.
So for three centuries people have watched Vesuvius at work.
There was a pleasant farmhouse out of town on the slope of Vesuvius.
Nowadays men know from history what may happen when Vesuvius wakes.
Vesuvius, with its column of smoke, was in plain view from the seats.
- a volcano in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: first recorded eruption in 79 ad, which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae; numerous eruptions since then. Average height: 1220 m (4003 ft)Italian name: Vesuvio (veˈzuːvjo)
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Word Origin and History for vesuvius
volcano near Naples, of unknown origin; perhaps from Celtic root *ves- "mountain" or Oscan fesf "smoke, steam."
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