variants or pavonazzetto
plural -s
: a marble with veins usually of red, violet, or purple found in ancient Roman buildings and thought to be Phrygian
: a contemporary marble resembling pavonazzo

Word History


pavonazzo from Italian, from pavonazzo peacock-colored, purplish, from Latin pavonaceus like a peacock's tail, variegated, from pavon-, pavo peacock + -aceus -aceous; pavonazzetto from Italian, from pavonazzo + -etto -et (from Late Latin -itus & -ita)

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“Pavonazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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