vesuvian

noun ve·su·vi·an \ və-ˈsü-vē-ən \

Definition of vesuvian

: a match used especially formerly for lighting cigars

Origin and Etymology of vesuvian

Vesuvian


Vesuvian

adjective Ve·su·vi·an \ və-ˈsü-vē-ən \

Definition of Vesuvian

1 : of, relating to, or resembling the volcano Vesuvius
2 : marked by sudden outbursts
  • has a Vesuvian temper, but quickly controls himself
  • —Sidney Shalett

First Known Use of vesuvian

1661

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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