• WordNet 3.6
    • n vesuvian a green or yellow or brown mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate; it occurs as crystals in limestone and is used a gemstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vesuvian A kind of match or fusee for lighting cigars, etc.
    • a Vesuvian Of or pertaining to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples.
    • Vesuvian (Min) Vesuvianite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vesuvian Of or pertaining to Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples; resembling Vesuvius; volcanic.
    • n vesuvian In mineralogy, same as vesuvianite.
    • n vesuvian A kind of match, used for lighting cigars, etc.; a fusee. Also Vesuvius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vesuvian vē-sū′vi-an pertaining or relating to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples
    • n Vesuvian a kind of match used in lighting cigars, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. Vésuvien, It. Vesuviano,


In literature:

During this tremendous eruption at the base of the Vesuvian cone, and the fearful earthquakes which accompanied it, the summit was tranquil.
"The San Francisco Calamity" by Various
Readers will transport themselves to the Bay of Naples, and beautiful Vesuvian scenery seen from sea.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIV. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Surrounding European War Does Not End--August, 1742-July, 1744" by Thomas Carlyle
If I have not lost my mind I have accurately conveyed those two Vesuvian irruptions of philosophy.
"Essays on Paul Bourget" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The atmosphere of the room was as vapid as a zephyr wandering over a Vesuvian lava-bed.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
Pass the laws; they may put an extinguisher on the Irish Vesuvian; yet to be loved you must be a little perceptibly admirable.
"The Celt and Saxon, Complete" by George Meredith
In the howdah we carry ample supplies of vesuvians.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The facts disclosed by the study of the Vesuvian system of volcanoes afford the geologist a basis for many interesting conclusions.
"Outlines of the Earth's History" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
A Vesuvian explosion seemed to heave in his capacious bosom, and found vent in a furious roar.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
And he smoked a cigar, and gave me a whole lot of vesuvians to strike by myself behind a tent.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Magnified Sections of Vesuvian Lavas.
"Volcanoes: Past and Present" by Edward Hull
Pratt started, flushed angrily, and brushed the vesuvian from his coat, but not until it had burned there a round black spot.
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
Not only the Vesuvian cone, but the whole adjacent country appeared white for many days, as if covered with snow, when exposed to sunlight.
"The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872" by Luigi Palmieri
The name anorthite was given to the Vesuvian mineral by G. Rose in 1823, on account of its anorthic crystallization.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
The texture of the Vesuvian dikes is different at the edges and in the middle.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell

In poetry:

A bracelet clinks on her delicate wrist,
Wrought, as Cellini's were at Rome,
Out of the tears of the amethyst,
And the wan Vesuvian foam.
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall

In news:

Yet this enchanting epoch of Vesuvian houses survives, in perhaps a hundred villas and in innumerable lesser buildings ranged beside them.