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- n. A supposed rare metallic element extracted from Vesuvian lava, of uncertain composition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rare metallic element of which little is known. It is said by Scacchi to have been extracted from a yellowish incrustation from the cracks of a Vesuvian lava erupted in 1631.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed new chemical element announced in 1879 by Scacchi as present in lava from Vesuvius. It was afterward shown to be vanadium.
Latin, from Latin Vesuvius, contracted to Vesbius. (Wiktionary)