breccia

(redirected from Impact breccia)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Impact breccia: collapse breccia

brec·ci·a

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

[Italian, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

breccia

(ˈbrɛtʃɪə)
n
(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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

brec•ci•a

(ˈbrɛtʃ i ə, ˈbrɛʃ-)

n.
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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

breccia

A sedimentary rock made of sharp-edged fragments naturally cemented together.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The most dramatic metaphor for what has been accomplished is that in 1971, Apollo astronauts came to Sudbury to study geology (namely shatter cones and impact breccia).
Two such deposits, with a combined resource of over 6Mt @ 4.4% Zn, 1.4% Cu and 1.2% Pb, are formed in the sedimentary rocks of Sudbury Basin that overlie the thick sequence of impact breccia and melt.