breccia

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Borrowing from Italian breccia, from Germanic.

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breccia (usually uncountable, plural breccias)

  1. (petrology) A rock composed of angular fragments in a matrix that may be of a similar or a different material.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 24:
      Courses of angular boulders line the rim of the volcano, the remains of its last explosive phase, resulting in a volcanic breccia.

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breccia f (plural brecce)

  1. breach, break, gap
  2. breakthrough
  3. road metal (crushed stone)
  4. (geology) breccia