breccia

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brec·cia

noun \ˈbre-ch(ē-)ə\

Definition of BRECCIA

:  a rock composed of sharp fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix (as sand or clay)

Origin of BRECCIA

Italian
First Known Use: 1774

breccia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Coarse sedimentary rock consisting of angular or nearly angular fragments larger than 0.08 in. (2 mm). Breccia commonly results from processes such as landslides or geologic faulting, in which rocks are fractured. It can also be of igneous explosive origin (e.g., a volcanic breccia).

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