terra-cotta

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ter·ra–cot·ta

noun, often attributive \ˌter-ə-ˈkä-tə\

: a reddish clay that is used for pottery and tiles

: things (such as tiles, pottery, or statues) that are made from terra-cotta

: a brownish-orange color

Full Definition of TERRA-COTTA

1
:  a glazed or unglazed fired clay used especially for statuettes and vases and architectural purposes (as roofing, facing, and relief ornamentation); also :  something made of this material
2
:  a brownish orange

Origin of TERRA-COTTA

Italian terra cotta, literally, baked earth
First Known Use: 1722

terra-cotta

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fairly coarse, porous clay that, when fired, assumes a colour ranging from dull ochre to red. Terra-cotta objects are usually left unglazed and are often of a utilitarian kind, because of their cheapness, versatility, and durability. Small terra-cotta figures from 3000 BC have been found in Greece and others throughout the Roman Empire from the 4th century BC. The use of terra-cotta virtually died out when the Roman Empire collapsed, but it was revived in Italy and Germany in the 15th century.

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