terrazzo


ter·raz·zo

noun \tə-ˈra-(ˌ)zō, -ˈrät-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of TERRAZZO

:  a mosaic flooring consisting of small pieces of marble or granite set in mortar and given a high polish

Origin of TERRAZZO

Italian, literally, terrace, perhaps from Old Occitan terrassa
First Known Use: 1895

terrazzo

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Type of flooring consisting of marble chips set in cement or epoxy resin that is poured and ground smooth when dry. Terrazzo was ubiquitous in the 20th century in commercial and institutional buildings. Available in many colours, it forms a hard, smooth, durable surface that is easily cleaned.

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