One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
White or light-colored calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building.
- ‘The richness of the material is underscored by use of pale travertine marble and white plaster on walls.’
- ‘Cave walls down which water habitually runs may become covered with sheets of travertine flowstone.’
- ‘The interior uses limestone, travertine, and marble from the Philippines.’
- ‘The springs left deposits of travertine below the temple and among the ruins.’
- ‘It occurs in a wide variety of mineral forms, including limestone, marble, travertine, and chalk.’
Late 18th century: from Italian travertino, tivertino, from Latin tiburtinus ‘of Tibur’ (now Tivoli, a district near Rome).
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