noun \ˈvärv\

Definition of VARVE

:  a pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water
varved \ˈvärvd\ adjective

Origin of VARVE

Swedish varv turn, layer; akin to Old Norse hvarf ring, Old English hweorfan to turn — more at wharf
First Known Use: 1912

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