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
varvedplay \ˈvärvd\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of varve
borrowed from Swedish varv “turn, round, layer,” going back to Germanic *hwarban-, hwarb- “turn, circle,” whence Old Norse hvarf “circle, ring, enclosed space,” Old English hwearf “turn, exchange, crowd, embankment” — more at wharf
First Known Use: 1912
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