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

  • n. A slow-burning match formerly used for lighting cigars; a fusee.
  • adj. Marked by sudden or violent outbursts: a vesuvian temper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples.
  • n. Vesuvianite.
  • n. A kind of match or fusee for lighting cigars, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples; resembling Vesuvius; volcanic.
  • n. In mineralogy, same as vesuvianite.
  • n. A kind of match, used for lighting cigars, etc.; a fusee. Also Vesuvius.

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

  • n. a green or yellow or brown mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate; it occurs as crystals in limestone and is used a gemstone

Etymologies

After Mount Vesuvius .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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