Travertine definition

trăvər-tēn, -tĭn
A light-colored porous calcite, CaCO3 , deposited from solution in ground or surface waters and forming, among other deposits, stalactites and stalagmites.
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A compact calcium carbonate used as a facing material in construction.
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A light-colored, dense type of tufa, as dripstone or flowstone, deposited in caves or around limy springs, lakes, or streams.
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A white, tan, or cream-colored form of limestone, often having a fibrous or concentric appearance. Travertine is formed through the rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, especially at the mouth of a hot spring or in limestone caves, where it forms stalactites and stalagmites. It is similar to but harder than tufa.
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(mineralogy) A light, porous forms of concretionary limestone (calcite) deposited from solution, and sometimes quarried for building.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
travertine
Plural:
travertines

Origin of travertine

  • French from Italian travertino alteration of tivertino from Latin (lapis) tīburtīnus (stone) of Tibur (Tivoli), an ancient city of central Italy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian travertino, earlier tivertino, from Latin tÄ«burtÄ«nus (“Tiburtine").

    From Wiktionary