- a form of limestone deposited by springs, especially hot springs, used in Italy for building.
Also trav·er·tin [trav-er-tin] /ˈtræv ər tɪn/.
Origin of travertine
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They are built of blocks of red tufa, with facing of travertine.Pagan and Christian Rome
The ground floor corridor is wainscoted in rosy-tan Montana travertine.North Dakota
The tufa and travertine wall is erected on the travertine pavement of the Comitium.
This has been heightened by a travertine wall of the republican period.
The walls of the cella were built of travertine faced with marble.Old Rome
- a porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate, used for buildingAlso called: calc-sinter
C18: from Italian travertino (influenced by tra- trans-), from Latin lapis Tīburtīnus Tiburtine stone, from Tīburs the district around Tibur (now Tivoli)
Word Origin and History for travertine
1797, from Italian travertino "a kind of building stone," from Latin tiburtinus, from Tiburs, adjective from Tibur (modern Tivoli), region in Latium.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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