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1. A light-colored porous calcite, CaCO3, deposited from solution in ground or surface waters and forming, among other deposits, stalactites and stalagmites.
2. A compact calcium carbonate used as a facing material in construction.
[French, from Italian travertino, alteration of tivertino, from Latin (lapis) tīburtīnus, (stone) of Tibur (Tivoli), an ancient city of central Italy.]
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(Minerals) a porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate, used for building. Also called: calc-sinter
[C18: from Italian travertino (influenced by tra- trans-), from Latin lapis Tīburtīnus Tiburtine stone, from Tīburs the district around Tibur (now Tivoli)]
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trav•er•tine(ˈtræv ərˌtin, -tɪn)
a form of limestone deposited by springs, esp. hot springs, used in Italy for building.
[1545–55; < Italian travertino, early also trevertino, (marmo) tibertino < Latin Tīburtīnus=Tīburt-, s. of Tīburs Tibur (see Tivoli) + -īnus -ine1]
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Calcium carbonate deposited by water, as in stalactites.
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