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ve·​su·​vi·​an və-ˈsü-vē-ən How to pronounce vesuvian (audio)
: a match used especially formerly for lighting cigars


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Ve·​su·​vi·​an və-ˈsü-vē-ən How to pronounce Vesuvian (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling the volcano Vesuvius
: marked by sudden outbursts
has a Vesuvian temper, but quickly controls himselfSidney Shalett

Examples of vesuvian in a Sentence

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Mars’ volcanoes don’t have Vesuvian outbursts — at least none that scientists have observed. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 Although archaeologists have found about 300 xenia paintings in Vesuvian cities, the latest stands out for its quality of execution. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2023 About 300 of these representations have been found in Vesuvian cities. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 June 2023 The brash Vesuvian sounds of golden-era rap had us by the brain stem. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 5 June 2023

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Word History




First Known Use


1853, in the meaning defined above


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vesuvian was in 1661

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“Vesuvian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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