[ trav-er-teen, -tin ]
/ ˈtræv ərˌtin, -tɪn /


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

1545–55; < Italian travertino, equivalent to tra- across (< Latin trāns- trans-) + (ti)vertino < Latin Tīburtīnus, equivalent to Tīburt- (stem of Tīburs) the territory of Tibur (see Tivoli) + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for travertine



/ (ˈtrævətɪn) /


a porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate, used for buildingAlso called: calc-sinter

Word Origin for travertine

C18: from Italian travertino (influenced by tra- trans-), from Latin lapis Tīburtīnus Tiburtine stone, from Tīburs the district around Tibur (now Tivoli)
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Scientific definitions for travertine

[ trăvər-tēn′, -tĭn ]

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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