trav·er·tine | \ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn, -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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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 Lokker estimates work and materials on the pool, spa, Turkish travertine decking, outdoor room and full kitchen complete with pizza oven cost upward of $400,000, underscoring how designers go all out on the showcase home each year. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "Sneak peek: The stunning Pasadena Showcase House of Design makeover," 20 Apr. 2018 Three thousand feet below, the powder-blue streak of the travertine-rich Little Colorado River flows into the larger green Colorado. Zak Podmore, Outside Online, "The Native Americans Who Call the Grand Canyon Home," 24 May 2018 Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: Pine Creek Trail Standing 183 feet high and 150 feet wide, this is the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Among its 9,625 square feet of living space are formal rooms with mahogany trim, and travertine or hickory floors. Janet Eastman,, "Hollywood Video founder's unfinished riverfront mansion to be auctioned (photos)," 22 May 2018 The owners’ bath has been refurbished with travertine and marble and includes a dry sauna and a steam shower. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Philanthropists' Mid-century ranch in Franklin was made for art," 16 June 2018 An original sofa Dinkeloo designed for the home that includes built-in side tables made from travertine leftover from a Metropolitan Museum of Art expansion project will remain. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Cool ’70s home with original sofa wants $619K," 10 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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English Language Learners Definition of travertine

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

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