gut·​ta | \ ˈgə-tə How to pronounce gutta (audio) , ˈgu̇-tə How to pronounce gutta (audio) \
plural guttae\ ˈgə-​ˌtē How to pronounce gutta (audio) , ˈgu̇-​ , -​ˌtī \

Definition of gutta

: 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, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of gutta

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gutta

Latin, literally, drop

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“Gutta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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