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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: papolstan, from papol (perhaps from the sound of small stones hitting against each other) + stan 'stone'

pebble

noun
     
pebble
peb‧ble [countable]
DN a small smooth stone found especially on a beach or on the bottom of a river:
The beach was covered with smooth white pebbles.
pebbly adjective:
a pebbly beach
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