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varve

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noun \ˈvärv\

Definition of varve

  1. :  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 play \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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