vesuvius


vesuvius

noun

  1. Mount, an active volcano in SW Italy, near Naples. Its eruption destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum a.d. 79. About 3900 feet (1190 meters).

noun

  1. a volcano in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: first recorded eruption in 79 ad, which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae; numerous eruptions since then. Average height: 1220 m (4003 ft)Italian name: Vesuvio (veˈzuːvjo)

volcano near Naples, of unknown origin; perhaps from Celtic root *ves- “mountain” or Oscan fesf “smoke, steam.”

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