A coarse-grained, clastic rock composed of angular rock fragments (larger than 2 mm) commonly bonded by a mineral cement in a finer-grained matrix of varying composition and origin. The consolidated equivalent of rubble.
   Compare: conglomerate.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • Breccia — (pronEng|ˈbrɛtʃiə, ˈbrɛʃiə, it. breach) is a rock composed of angular fragments of several minerals or rocks in a matrix, that is a cementing material, that may be similar or different in composition to the fragments. A breccia may have a variety …   Wikipedia

  • Breccia — Brec cia, n. [It., breach, pebble, fragments of stone, fr. F. br[ e]che; of German origin. See {Breach}.] (Geol.) A rock composed of angular fragments either of the same mineral or of different minerals, etc., united by a cement, and commonly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breccia — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Alberto Breccia (1919–1993), uruguayischer Comiczeichner und autor Enrique Breccia (* 1945), argentinischer Comiczeichner Paolo Breccia (* 1941), italienischer Regisseur Siehe auch: Brekzie, eine Form von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • breccia — rock of angular pieces, 1774, from It. breccia, marble of angular pieces, from a Germanic source akin to O.H.G. brecha a breaking, from P.Gmc. *brekan, from PIE *bhreg to break (see FRACTION (Cf. fraction)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • breccia — [brech′ē ə, bresh′ē ə] n. [It, fragments of stone < Fr brèche: see BRASH2] rock consisting of sharp cornered bits of fragmented rock, cemented together by sand, clay, or lime …   English World dictionary

  • breccia — /brech ee euh, bresh /, n. Petrol. rock composed of angular fragments of older rocks melded together. [1765 75; < It < Gmc; cf. OHG brecha breaking] * * * Coarse sedimentary rock consisting of angular or nearly angular fragments larger than 0. 08 …   Universalium

  • breccia — 1bréc·cia s.f. CO 1a. varco aperto con cannonate, mine o sim. in una cinta muraria o altra opera difensiva per penetrarvi con truppe di assalto: aprire una breccia, la breccia di Porta Pia | anche fig.: il centravanti ha aperto una breccia nella… …   Dizionario italiano

  • breccia —    1. Angular fragments of rock, commonly, but not inevitably, cemented by finer grained materials including silica, iron minerals, and calcite to form a new rock. Many fault planes are marked by zones of broken rock, either loose or re cemented …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • breccia — n. & v. n. a rock of angular stones etc. cemented by finer material. form into breccia. Derivatives: brecciate brecciation n. Etymology: It., = gravel, f. Gmc, rel. to BREAK(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • breccia — noun Etymology: Italian Date: 1774 a rock composed of sharp fragments embedded in a fine grained matrix (as sand or clay) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • breccia — noun A rock composed of angular fragments in a matrix that may be of a similar or a different material …   Wiktionary

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