travertine

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noun trav·er·tine \ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn, -tən\

Definition of travertine

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of travertine

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


First Known Use: 1730


TRAVERTINE Defined for English Language Learners

travertine

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noun trav·er·tine \ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn, -tən\

Definition of travertine for English Language Learners

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


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