cot·​ta | \ ˈkä-tə \

Definition of cotta

: a waist-length surplice

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Stones are placed on top of terra-cotta tiles to keep them from being lifted away. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Mistral, Photographer Rachel Cobb Catches the Wind," 1 Nov. 2018 There’s lots of texture happening with the cypress ceiling and the new terra-cotta-tile floor, and the wallpaper’s exuberance balances that. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This House Will Give You Wes Anderson Vibes," 5 Oct. 2018 In addition to classic indigo, black, white, and baby blue, there’s beige, rust, faded terra-cotta, olive, and bright cherry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Designer’s Secret to Seriously Good Jeans? A Background in Mechanical Engineering," 20 Nov. 2018 As for the menu, Croft Alley put together a decadent lunch with fresh burrata, farm house chicken, passion fruit panna cotta, and triple chocolate cookies. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Just 21 Awesome Photos of Issa Rae, Chrissy Metz, and More at Glamour x Tory Burch's Emmy Lunch," 16 Sep. 2018 The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath main residence includes original Saltillo terra cotta tile, hardwood floors, and a large family room that opens to an outdoor patio. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Waterfront estate asks $2.4M in Florida," 9 Oct. 2018 Long considered one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, Spiaggia is hosting Valentine’s Day dinner with dinner for two with bluefin tuna tartare, bucatini and steak, plus coconut panna cotta for dessert. Grace Wong,, "55 Valentine's Day specials to impress your date," 6 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, Tenoverten has expanded their lustworthy lineup to include a glossy trio made for the urban cowgirl: canyon clay, terra cotta taupe, and a hazy bone. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Dreamy Vacation Destination Will Inspire Your Next Manicure," 30 July 2018 Verrocchio constructed monumental bronze sculptures, carved delicate marble and terra-cotta portrait busts, designed porphyry tombs and marble fountains, as well as painting exquisite panel paintings. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Leonardo: Discoveries From Verrocchio’s Studio’ Review: Searching for a Master’s Hand," 15 Aug. 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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