Travertine Trav"er*tine, n. [F. travertin, It. travertino, tiburtino, L. lapis Tiburtinus, fr. Tibur an ancient town of Latium, now Tivoli.] (Min.) A white concretionary form of calcium carbonate, usually hard and semicrystalline. It is deposited from the water of springs or streams holding lime in solution. Extensive deposits exist at Tivoli, near Rome. [1913 Webster]

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  • travertine — [trav′ər tēn΄, trav′ərtin] n. [It travertino, altered < tiburtino < L ( lapis) Tiburtinus, (stone) of Tibur (now Tivoli)] a light colored, dense type of tufa, as dripstone or flowstone, deposited in caves or around limy springs, lakes, or… …   English World dictionary

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  • travertine — noun a) Any of several light, porous forms of calcite deposited from solution; found most often as stalactites and stalagmites. b) A similar form of limestone used as a facing material in building …   Wiktionary

  • travertine — n. type of limestone deposited at the mouth of a spring …   English contemporary dictionary

  • travertine — [ travətɪn] noun white or light coloured calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building. Origin C18: from Ital. travertino, tivertino, from L. tiburtinus of Tibur (now Tivoli, near Rome) …   English new terms dictionary

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