varve

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Etymology[edit]

From Swedish varv (layer).

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Noun[edit]

varve (plural varves)

  1. (geology) An annual layer of sediment or sedimentary rock.
    • 2011, Chris Stringer, The Origin of Our Species, Penguin 2012, p. 37:
      A comparable method uses varves […] where spans of time can be measured through counting varves, and also by radiocarbon dating plant or animal residues within the varves.

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