from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- MountVesuvius A volcano, 1,281 m (4,200 ft) high, of southern Italy on the eastern shore of the Bay of Naples. A violent eruption in A.D. 79 destroyed the nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Since that time it has erupted about three dozen times, most recently in the period from 1913 to 1944.
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- proper n. A volcanic mountain in Italy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as vesuvian, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a volcano in southwestern Italy on the Mediterranean coast; a Plinian eruption in 79 AD buried Pompeii and killed Pliny the Elder; last erupted in 1944
Two possibilities for the name include Oscan 𐌚𐌄𐌔𐌚 ("steam, smoke") and Proto-Celtic *ves (“mountain”). (Wiktionary)