a light-colored, dense type of tufa, as dripstone or flowstone, deposited in caves or around limy springs, lakes, or streams
Origin of travertineItalian travertino, altered from tiburtino from Classical Latin (lapis) Tiburtinus, (stone) of Tibur (now Tivoli)
- A light-colored porous calcite, CaCO3, deposited from solution in ground or surface waters and forming, among other deposits, stalactites and stalagmites.
- A compact calcium carbonate used as a facing material in construction.
Origin of travertineFrench from Italian travertino alteration of tivertino from Latin (lapis) tīburtīnus (stone) of Tibur (Tivoli), an ancient city of central Italy
(countable and uncountable, plural travertines)
- (mineralogy) A light, porous forms of concretionary limestone (calcite) deposited from solution, and sometimes quarried for building.