vesuvian

noun
ve·​su·​vi·​an | \ və-ˈsü-vē-ən How to pronounce vesuvian (audio) \

Definition of vesuvian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a match used especially formerly for lighting cigars

Vesuvian

adjective
Ve·​su·​vi·​an | \ və-ˈsü-vē-ən How to pronounce Vesuvian (audio) \

Definition of Vesuvian (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vesuvian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesuvian. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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