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[trav-er-teen, -tin] /ˈtræv ərˌtin, -tɪn/
a form of limestone deposited by springs, especially hot springs, used in Italy for building.
Also, travertin
[trav-er-tin] /ˈtræv ər tɪn/ (Show IPA)
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
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Examples from the Web for travertine
Historical Examples
  • The vivarium consists of eight immense arches two stories high, formed from blocks of travertine.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • They are built of blocks of red tufa, with facing of travertine.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • The substruction of this temple, which has been laid bare, consists of tufa cased with travertine.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • The ground floor corridor is wainscoted in rosy-tan Montana travertine.

    North Dakota Various
  • These also were united into a solid mass by the travertine, all of which had been deposited by water flowing through the crevice.

  • This has been heightened by a travertine wall of the republican period.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The great doors of travertine groaned as they swung slowly open on their stone pivots, and a scorpion fled from the light.

    A Little Pilgrimage in Italy Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter
  • Fragments of the travertine substructions of the scena still remain.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • The walls of the cella were built of travertine faced with marble.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • The huge blocks of travertine of which it is built were taken from the Coliseum.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
British Dictionary definitions for travertine


a porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate, used for building Also called calc-sinter
Word Origin
C18: from Italian travertino (influenced by tra-trans-), from Latin lapisTīburtīnus Tiburtine stone, from Tīburs the district around Tibur (now Tivoli)
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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
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travertine in Science
  (trāv'ər-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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