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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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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.

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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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