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 The ranch-style house, built in 1972 on 5.51 acres, has oak, rosewood and travertine floors, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,048 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "On the market: 10 Oregon homes on big lots for sale with deep discounts," 6 June 2020 There a multicolored natural stone was first added on the walls and the area that surrounds a whirlpool tub; and a travertine was used on the floor. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Years of writing 'At Home With' have shown me many great houses. Here are some of my favorites," 21 May 2020 Seven slabs of travertine rock, that were part of the original paving when the Pantheon was built, were exposed below the cobblestones that Rome is known for today. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "A Sinkhole in the Center of Rome Revealed Stones From the Year 25 B.C.," 21 May 2020 One of the characteristics that makes Yellowstone National Park so famous is its many readily visible hydrothermal features, including hot springs, geysers, mudpots, fumaroles, and travertine terraces. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "These Yellowstone National Park Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 8 Apr. 2020 The home’s Mediterranean style with handcrafted millwork, travertine columns and an abundance of natural light offers a comfortable elegance and is welcoming like a warm embrace. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Danville estate makes the most of its amazing views of Mount Diablo," 18 Sep. 2019 But this was a good thing for De Cotiis, who cultivates distress: His interiors often enshrine crumbling wooden beams and gashed or scratched walls that contrast with polished white onyx thresholds and travertine floors. Kurt Soller, New York Times, "The Extravagance of Less," 19 Mar. 2020 Kitchen The designer balanced out the kitchen’s dark wooden cabinetry with lighter wooden accessories, natural travertine bowls, a cement vase and a whimsical bowl. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, "This Luxe Tribeca Loft by Marina Hanisch Was Once a Book Bindery," 28 Feb. 2020 New travertine floors in kitchen, entryway and dining room. oregonlive, "10 Oregon homes for sale with huge price cuts," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2020

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“Travertine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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