ter·​ra | \ ˈter-ə How to pronounce terra (audio) \
plural terrae\ ˈter-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce terrae (audio) , -​ˌī \

Definition of terra

: any of the relatively light-colored highland areas on the surface of the moon or a planet

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Vintage-look three-level plant hanger: Made of terra cotta and metal, this 36-inch piece can hold a variety of flowers and can be hung in any space in your garden. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Ganesh comes in nearly every size (pinkie size to head high) and type of material, including brass, terra-cotta, ceramic, sandalwood and semiprecious stone. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Columns of polished brick tiles provide a terra-cotta contrast. Susan Bryant, sun-sentinel.com, "Michael Schwartz debuts Tigertail + Mary, a veggie-focused eatery, in Coconut Grove," 7 June 2019 The Humor Monastery has an entirely different feel, with a terra-cotta red. Jorge Fernández, National Geographic, "Vibrant murals cover these Romanian monasteries inside and out," 31 May 2019 The attractive pot, whose swirled design recalls a flamenco performer’s twirling skirt (hence its name, after the famous Carmen Amaya), comes in elegant white clay or earthy terra-cotta. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 In the winter, the island sheds the sparkles for a more subdued richness: terra cotta soil, perennial wildflowers, almond blossoms, citrus trees, quiet mornings in Mediterranean coves. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 The waiters scurry back in with the first course of the ‘vegetable season’ menu: a broth made of potato and elderflower served in a terra-cotta pot, which has to be sucked through a straw. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Their modernity seems to purposefully clash with the gray wood, brick, and terra cotta. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab ‘plug-in houses’ help revitalize dilapidated buildings," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of terra

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terra

New Latin, from Latin, land

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The first known use of terra was in 1946

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