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terra–cotta

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noun ter·ra–cot·ta \ˌter-ə-ˈkä-tə\

Simple Definition of terra–cotta

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  a brownish orange

Origin of terra–cotta

Italian terra cotta, literally, baked earth


First Known Use: 1722

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