from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, Pompeii, an ancient city of Italy, buried by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 a. d., and partly uncovered by modern excavations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Pompeii, a city of Italy, which with Herculaneum and other towns was overwhelmed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79, and of which the ruins have been in part laid bare by excavations begun in 1755.


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  • Contrary to their hype, we weren't buried in a pompeian deluge of St Helens' cinders.

    My anticlimactic ash storm

  • Manca P, Chisu V, Gadau S, Lepore G, et al. (2006) Ancient pompeian dogs-morphological and morphometric evidence for different canine populations.

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