Definition of breccia in English:

breccia

Syllabification: brec·ci·a
Pronunciation: /ˈbreCHēə, ˈbreSH-
 
/

noun

Geology
  • Rock consisting of angular fragments cemented together.
    More example sentences
    • It weights 751 grams and consists of breccia - sintered fragments of various minerals from lunar continents.
    • Intrusive breccias can be the host for metallic ore deposits and aesthetic mineral specimens.
    • Breccias are associated with mechanical weathering in regions of high tectonic activity.

Derivatives

brecciate

Pronunciation: /-ēˌāt/
verb
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  • Fractures due to faulting were found to traverse and brecciate the fluorite and calcite in some places.
  • As the impacting body forces its way into the Earth's crust, it brecciates and melts the rocks in its way.
  • The explosive expansion brecciates and mixes the magmatic and sedimentary material.

brecciation

Pronunciation: /ˌbreCHēˈāSHən, ˌbreSH-/
noun
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  • This would best be done by careful engineering - noting areas of brecciation and serpentinisation.
  • It is composed of a silicified core and flanked by more friable sulfides showing evidence of later tectonic brecciation.
  • The brecciation is probably a result of removal of evaporites from the underlying Moose River Formation.

Origin

late 18th century: from Italian, literally 'gravel', ultimately of Germanic origin and related to break1.

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