Definition of travertine in English:


Line breaks: trav¦er|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈtravətɪn


[mass noun]
  • White or light-coloured calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building: they are built of travertine covered with stucco [as modifier]: a beautiful carved seat in travertine marble
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    • It occurs in a wide variety of mineral forms, including limestone, marble, travertine, and chalk.
    • Cave walls down which water habitually runs may become covered with sheets of travertine flowstone.
    • The springs left deposits of travertine below the temple and among the ruins.


late 18th century: from Italian travertino, tivertino, from Latin tiburtinus 'of Tibur' (now Tivoli, a district near Rome).

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