breccia [brech-ee-uh, bresh-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun Petrology. rock composed of angular fragments of older rocks melded together.

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  • Origin of breccia 1765–75; Italian Germanic; compare Old High German brecha breaking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for breccia Historical Examples of breccia

  • Its material is a breccia from a quarry near Thebes, and is remarkable for its hardness.

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  • Breccia is a rock in which the included fragments are angular.


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  • It is composed of huge blocks of breccia, some of them thirteen feet long.

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  • A breccia is a rock made up of angular pebbles or fragments of other rocks.

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  • The investigation disclosed several different beds of stalagmite, cave earth, and breccia.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for breccia breccia noun a rock consisting of angular fragments embedded in a finer matrix, formed by erosion, impact, volcanic activity, etc Derived Formsbrecciated, adjectiveWord Origin for breccia C18: from Italian, from Old High German brecha a fragment; see breach Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for breccia n.

    “rock of angular pieces,” 1774, from Italian breccia, “marble of angular pieces,” from a Germanic source akin to Old High German brecha “a breaking,” from Proto-Germanic *brekan, from PIE *bhreg- “to break” (see fraction).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper breccia in Science breccia [brĕch′ē-ə, brĕch′ə, brĕsh′-] A rock composed of angular fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix. Breccias form from explosive volcanic ejections, the compaction of talus, or plate tectonic processes. Breccias are different from conglomerates in that the fragments they contain are angular instead of rounded. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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