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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rock composed of sharp-angled fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rock composed of angular fragments in a matrix that may be of a similar or a different material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rock composed of angular fragments either of the same mineral or of different minerals, etc., united by a cement, and commonly presenting a variety of colors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geology, a conglomerate in which the fragments, instead of being rounded or water-worn, are angular.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rudaceous rock consisting of sharp fragments embedded in clay or sand

Etymologies

Italian, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian breccia, from Germanic. (Wiktionary)

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