plural guttae ˈgə-ˌtē How to pronounce gutta (audio)
: one of a series of ornaments in the Doric entablature that is usually in the form of a frustum of a cone

Examples of gutta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its modern name comes from the Latin gutta, a drop of fluid, a term first recorded in the 13th century by an English monk, suggesting that the body’s phlegm had overflowed and flooded the joint — not so far-off from the actual surfeit of uric acid. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Latin, literally, drop

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gutta was in 1563

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“Gutta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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