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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.
Chalcopyrite with minor malachite mineralization dominating the cement of a hydrothermal breccia with K-feldspar altered megacrystic syenite clasts.
Preliminary interpretations of surface and drill core indicate a large high-grade skarn body adjacent to megacrystic syenite / epidote-garnet hydrothermal breccia porphyry system.
While the mineralization encountered to date is predominately disseminated, drilling following down-hole electromagnetic anomalies continues to intercept a shallow-plunging east-dipping zone of high-grade massive-sulphide breccia mineralization trending to the north-northwest.
- A deep penetrating ground TEM survey was designed to test a VTEM conductor associated with outcropping Sudbury Breccia (Anomaly 19).
Xtract explained that exploration work had begun on its Matrix project in the north-western province of the country, with soil sample results suggesting the quartz-hematite breccia zone for over 600 metres from its previous open pit mine.
The focus of exploration has been on high grade copper-gold-silver mineralised tourmaline breccia pipes that crop out at surface.
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The pillow length differs from centimeters to meters, and the rocks appear either pulvinate or spherical, spherical, ellipsoidal, cylindrical, tubular and kidney-shaped, with pillow, vesicular, almond-like and breccia structures.