cot·​ta | \ˈkä-tə \

Definition of cotta 

: a waist-length surplice

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The Wrigley Building is one of Chicago’s most recognizable buildings, with its distinctive clock tower and a facade made from more than 250,000 terra-cotta tiles. Ryan Ori,, "Chicago billionaire completes $255 million purchase of Wrigley Building," 29 June 2018 My first meal opened with pesce marinato, atop a sweet pea panna cotta, from the raw bar. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Turtle Bay is dressed in brownstone, limestone, red brick, white brick, terra cotta, granite and acres of glass. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Turtle Bay, Manhattan: The Convenience of Midtown, at a Relatively Affordable Price," 10 Jan. 2018 Mitigating some of the savory misses was a maple soy panna cotta ($5.95). Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Intro Dim Sum is mostly single-note," 12 May 2017 Nibble cured trout, bouillabaisse, blueberry panna cotta, and more. Kara Baskin,, "Tables: The Smoke Shop opens in Somerville, and a Revival we can get behind," 5 July 2018 Canapés included Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon (Norway lobsters that are basically small lobsters); garden pea panna cotta (similar to a custard) with quail eggs; and croquette of confit Windsor lamb. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Prince Harry cursed (maybe): 5 things to know about his royal wedding with Meghan Markle," 19 May 2018 No mere afterthought, her panna cotta sits on a low base of semolina cake and is decked out with pink grapefruit fillets and grapefruit marmalade spiced with red juniper berries. New York Times, "A Hotel Restaurant With Neighborhood-Hangout Appeal," 15 May 2018 The standout dessert this month was orange-vanilla panna cotta ($7), soft and dreamy, topped with blood orange, candied cranberry, fresh mint and fennel syrup. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dinner and drinks: The Original has ideas for your night out," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cotta

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotta

Medieval Latin, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kozza coarse mantle — more at coat

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