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 (brĕch′ē-ə, brĕch′ə, brĕsh′-)
Rock composed of sharp-angled fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix.

[Italian, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Geological Science) a rock consisting of angular fragments embedded in a finer matrix, formed by erosion, impact, volcanic activity, etc
[C18: from Italian, from Old High German brecha a fragment; see breach]
ˈbrecciˌated adj


(ˈbrɛtʃ i ə, ˈbrɛʃ-)

rock composed of angular fragments of older rocks melded together.
[1765–75; < Italian < Germanic]
brec′ci•ate`, v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
brec`ci•a′tion, n.


A sedimentary rock made of sharp-edged fragments naturally cemented together.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breccia - a rudaceous rock consisting of sharp fragments embedded in clay or sandbreccia - a rudaceous rock consisting of sharp fragments embedded in clay or sand
rudaceous rock - a sedimentary rock formed of coarse-grained material
References in classic literature ?
The indications would be consistent with the presence of a saber-toothed tiger, such as are still found among the breccia of our caverns; but the creature actually seen was undoubtedly of a larger and more reptilian character.
I noticed that the smaller streams in the Pampas were paved with a breccia of bones but this probably is the effect of a gradual increase, rather than of the destruction at any one period.
Exciting new gold exploration opportunity identified at Stavelys 100%-owned Ravenswood Project at a prospect known as The Bank breccia.
Together they have been crisscrossing thousands of miles in the land surrounding the canyon, searching for breccia pipes, the ancient remains of underground caves whose roofs have collapsed, forming a vertical column of broken rock fragments.
The 431 Federal lode NPSP exploration stage project claims lay within the Arizona Strip breccia pipe mineral zone.
The results confirm the existence of a high-grade gold zone in the lower breccia and also expand the size of the larger, above-one-gram mineralized envelope surrounding the high-grade zone.
It was designed to test Neola interpreted breccia pipe center at 900 vertical feet in depth and to possibly penetrate the north wall of the breccia pipe at 2000 vertical feet below the surface.
The main area of exploration will focus on the Noeilla Breccia and the Pirquitas NW Prospects.
OTCBB: RLKX) has begun exploring the Camila Breccia, its copper-gold project in the Candelaria iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) belt of Chile's coastal cordillera.
the "Company") (OTCBB: LBSU) is pleased to announce that diamond drill hole NEOL - 05 has penetrated the northeast wall of the Neola breccia pipe, penetrating and testing a surface geochemical anomaly as well.
The purpose of these holes was to probe part of the Neola area where multiple geoscientific indicators suggest potential for a good breccia pipe within the Neola collapse structure.