travertine [trav-er-teen, -tin] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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 Examples from the Web for travertine Historical Examples of travertine

  • They are built of blocks of red tufa, with facing of travertine.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • 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.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

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

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • The walls of the cella were built of travertine faced with marble.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn

  • British Dictionary definitions for travertine travertine travertin noun

    1. 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) Word Origin and History for travertine n.

    1797, from Italian travertino “a kind of building stone,” from Latin tiburtinus, from Tiburs, adjective from Tibur (modern Tivoli), region in Latium.

    travertine in Science travertine [trăv′ər-tēn′, -tĭn]

    1. 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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