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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Venture out onto the network of wooden boardwalks that wind their way through a multitude of travertine terraces with abstract shapes and contours. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 Its large, windowless central atrium—illuminated by faceted skylights, decorated with trees in travertine planters, and ringed with balconies and escalators—evokes nothing so much as an inward-turning, upscale shopping mall. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 Glass tile accents enhance the travertine tile flooring that begins in the entry. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Bask in the comfort of this Mediterranean-style home’s serene aura and beautiful architectural details in Los Gatos," 5 June 2019 High-end materials include mahogany trim and cabinetry; travertine on most floors; ipe wood decking on the exterior lanais; and kitchen counters of Kashmir granite. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.5 Million Homes in Tennessee, Illinois and Hawaii," 17 Jan. 2018 The Lodge on Route 66 offers amenities such as travertine flooring and counter tops, solid wood furniture and plush bedding. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 The beautiful rooms, all renovated in 2018, have lanais and dark wood floors, are cozy and come equipped with travertine bathrooms. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Clad in Italian travertine, Krasnodar’s resembles the Coliseum. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018 Outside, the resort-style backyard features an artificial grass/turf area, a covered patio with a summer kitchen, an overlooking second-story balcony and a pool with travertine decking. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire showcase home is open today, May 27," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of travertine

1730, 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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The first known use of travertine was in 1730

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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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