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 Adjacent to the main kitchen is a separate catering kitchen that’s all business, with black, high-gloss counter tops, enough cabinets to stock a supermarket and silver travertine flooring capable of withstanding the heaviest of foot traffic. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Cordillera Ranch retirement home an entertainer's dream with 2 kitchens, 6 guestrooms with en suites, outdoor play area and infinity pool," 22 Apr. 2021 The travertine and wood reception desk with custom lighting suspended from the counter greet guests and introduce them to the artistic themes within. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "Hotel Marcel Set To Become The First Passive House Hotel In The US," 5 Apr. 2021 Padded sunbursts radiate from above each bed; the bathrooms are lined with travertine, with spacious showers stocked with Aesop products. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "It List 2020: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World," 19 Feb. 2020 The Theatre of Marcellus was an open-air venue that could hold 20,000 spectators and included a semicircular travertine façade, arches, Doric columns, and three levels of seating. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds," 8 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the most striking example of how the house allows a coexistence between the old and the new is in the master bathroom shower, where the travertine wall abuts a portion of the original limestone wall. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "150-year-old Fredericksburg ranch house transformed into a chic Airbnb by year-long renovation," 25 Mar. 2021 The pool has a Pebble Tec surface and travertine coping. Dallas News, "Firm: Buy your next home before the year ends," 8 Nov. 2020 Starfish art on the wall celebrates Mauritian marine life while silver travertine and whitewashed walls echo the ripples of the sea. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, "32 Stunning Hotel Lobbies," 19 Mar. 2021 The office features a Vipp table custom-made with travertine slabs, providing a place to meet with clients. Laura Raskin, WSJ, "The Ultimate Live-Work Space Done in Minimalist Danish Chic," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Travertine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of travertine

: a light-colored type of rock that is used especially in buildings

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