stuc·​co | \ˈstə-(ˌ)kō \
plural stuccos or stuccoes

Definition of stucco 

1a : a fine plaster used in decoration and ornamentation (as of interior walls)

b : a material usually made of portland cement, sand, and a small percentage of lime and applied in a plastic state to form a hard covering for exterior walls

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stuccoed \ˈstə-​(ˌ)kōd \ adjective

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Modern venetian plaster coverings can mimic the look of stucco or polished marble, and features a textured and slightly raised surface that is the result of only two or more layers. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Use Venetian Plaster to Mimic Old World Architecture," 23 Nov. 2016 My parents bought a small pink stucco house from a little old lady. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Getting Run Over Couldn’t Stop Jimmie Johnson’s Rise to Nascar Champion," 14 Nov. 2018 Welcome to the Golden State, where literally all the homes have stucco. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "8 Signs You Grew Up In A California House," 19 July 2018 The Hyde Park property includes two structures: the three-story stucco and stone residence on the corner and a shingled building with two living units that was built several years earlier. Nancy Sarnoff,, "Houston property for sale, possible ex-Clark Gable home," 4 May 2018 Brick, stucco and siding should be inspected as well. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Is your home really ready to sell?," 10 June 2018 Tattered flags fly from the building's roof, while the walls sport broken shutters, crumbling stucco and old Christmas lights. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst East Valley eyesores," 24 Dec. 2015 Others use materials of drywall, vinyl tile, burlap, stucco, wooden staves, Mylar and ceramics — an homage to the U.S. construction jobs that so many Mexicans fill today. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 Stones covering benches were blasted away in favor of a stucco-smooth surface faced with blue glass mosaic tile. R. Daniel Foster,, "Before and After: A reimagined Midcentury design helps turn a home from frumpy to fabulous," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of stucco

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stucco

Italian, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stucki piece, crust, Old English stocc stock — more at stock

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The first known use of stucco was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of stucco

: a type of plaster used for decoration or to cover the outside walls of houses


stuc·​co | \ˈstə-kō \
plural stuccos or stuccoes

Kids Definition of stucco

: a plaster for coating walls

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