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) t&imacron;burt&imacron;nus, (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.