Definition of peperino in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛpəˈriːnəʊ/

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[mass noun]
A light porous (especially brown) volcanic rock formed of small grains of sand, cinders, etc.
Example sentences
  • Built of uniformly gray, granular volcanic tufa, or peperino, the courtyard was completed by 1579, as recorded in the building documents.
  • They played up the contrast between plastered surfaces and the peperino stone in the footings, projecting windowsills, and coping.
  • Peperino tuff is best known as building stone heavily utilized by the ancient Romans.


17th century: Italian, from pepere 'pepper' on account of its grainy appearance.

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