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.

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  • 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


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Two possibilities for the name include Oscan 𐌚𐌄𐌔𐌚 ("steam, smoke") and Proto-Celtic *ves (“mountain”).


  • Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in A.D. 79 that buried the ancient city of Pompeii.

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  • Here we saw the stars go out and the great fire of the day kindle in the east, and came down from the mountain when the white clouds issuing from its huge abyss were all colored rosy red with the sun's rays, and as we descended the mountain, Guido's and Guercino's auroras floated in the radiant atmosphere, and we saw them under our feet instead of craning and corkscrewing our necks to look at them over our heads on the ceilings of the Rospègliosé pavilions; and we saw the bay and its beautiful shores smiling like Paradise beneath us, a wonderful, beautiful sight, much beautified by contrast, for Vesuvius is undoubtedly a great deal more like hell than any imagination that can be formed of hell can be.

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  • "In effect, I would call Vesuvius a dormant volcano now," says Dr. Lucia Civetta, head of the official Vesuvius Observatory.

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  • Flavio Dobran, a Naples volcanologist, heads an organization called Vesuvius 2000, which argues for public works and an education campaign as a hedge against disaster.

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  • There came a day when the Tramontane ceased to blow down on us the cold air of the snowy Apennines, and the white cap of Vesuvius, which is, by the way, worn generally like the caps of the Neapolitans, drifted inland instead of toward the sea.

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  • The Villa Nardi stands in pleasant relations to Vesuvius, which is just across the bay, and is not so useless as it has been represented; it is our weather-sign and prophet.

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  • At this moment I raise my eyes to Vesuvius, which is opposite my window, and the blue bay beneath.

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  • Vesuvius, which is but a hill compared with the Peak of Teneriffe, the diameter of the crater is five times greater.

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  • At Vesuvius, which is but a hill compared with the

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  • Bertolaso called Vesuvius the "the biggest public safety problem there is in Italy" and warned that over one million people will be in danger when the volcano erupts again.

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