trav·​er·​tine | \ ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn How to pronounce travertine (audio) , -tən \

Definition of travertine

: a mineral consisting of a massive usually layered calcium carbonate (such as aragonite or calcite) formed by deposition from spring waters or especially from hot springs

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Recent Examples on the Web See only its brand new store on Worth Avenue, reopened after a complete redesign in travertine marble, walnut wood, and colorful ceramic sculptures. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 12 May 2022 Rao was struck by the parallels between the two places, particularly the prevalence of stone — travertine in Rome, marble in India. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Materials can include masonry, such as brick, flagstone, travertine or granite, and even porcelain tile. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 The handprints themselves are made of travertine, a kind of freshwater limestone formed by mineral deposits from natural springs. Nicoletta Lanese, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2021 Set in the hotel's gardens, the Chanel boutique is a modern form composed of local travertine stone and wood. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Marble — whether buffed white or shot through with expressive veins — is synonymous with classical Rome, but the city’s iconic exteriors were made largely of travertine, a porous sedimentary rock that is a form of limestone. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Get fancy with bluestone or travertine pavers, and expect costs to surpass prices for sandstone in some markets. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2022 Step inside and be greeted by a grand travertine staircase sweeping over the 2-story foyer. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of travertine

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for travertine

French travertin, from Italian travertino, trevertino, from Latin tiburtinus, adjective, of travertine, literally, of Tibur (Tivoli)

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24 May 2022

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“Travertine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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