(New Latin), from (Latin) Vesuvius, contracted Vesbius, Vesuvius.
(Chemistry) A rare metallic element of which little is known. It is said by Scacchi to have been extracted from a yellowish incrustation from the cracks of a Vesuvian lava erupted in 1631.
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Latin, from Latin Vesuvius, contracted to Vesbius.
vesbium (uncountable) (chemistry, obsolete) A supposed rare metallic element extracted from Vesuvian lava, of uncertain composition. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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