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breccia

[brech-ee-uh, bresh-] /ˈbrɛtʃ i ə, ˈbrɛʃ-/
noun, Petrology
1.
rock composed of angular fragments of older rocks melded together.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian < Germanic; compare Old High German brecha breaking
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Examples for breccia
  • breccia refers to a rock formed from another rock that was broken up and/or shattered in some way.
  • The pink breccia section is characterized by disorganized or chaotic reflections caused by the jumble of clasts it contains.
  • The resulting breccia is uniform in rock type and chemical composition.
British Dictionary definitions for breccia

breccia

/ˈbrɛtʃɪə/
noun
1.
a rock consisting of angular fragments embedded in a finer matrix, formed by erosion, impact, volcanic activity, etc
Derived Forms
brecciated, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Old High German brecha a fragment; see breach
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Word Origin and History for breccia
breccia
"rock of angular pieces," 1774, from It., "marble of angular pieces," from a Gmc. source akin to O.H.G. brecha "a breaking," from P.Gmc. *brekan, from PIE *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction).
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breccia in Science
breccia
  (brěch'ē-ə, brěch'ə, brěsh'-)   
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.
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