ter·​ra | \ˈter-ə \
plural terrae\ ˈter-​(ˌ)ē , -​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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Make time to check out the lobby ceiling and white-glazed terra cotta. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Charred terra cotta roof tiles lay among the debris, and azure pool waters were turned chocolate. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Green grass, black lava at Guatemala golf club," 3 July 2018 The Wrigley Building is one of Chicago’s most recognizable buildings, with its distinctive clock tower and a facade made from more than 250,000 terra-cotta tiles. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago billionaire completes $255 million purchase of Wrigley Building," 29 June 2018 Or go with terra-cotta or a nice heavy glazed ceramic and leave them in place. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "June 22-28: In the garden, it's time to…," 22 June 2018 Qin ruled from 256 B.C.E. until 210 B.C.E., united much of China and was buried near Xi'an with his famous terra cotta army. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Vanished ape found in ancient Chinese tomb, giving clues to its disappearance," 21 June 2018 Inside, the floors are made from mosaic stone, embossed terra-cotta tiles, and oak. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Restored 19th-century train station home asks $895K," 8 June 2018 Set on an acre in Weston, a suburb of Miami, the Spanish-style home lines its living spaces with terra-cotta tile and Brazilian hardwood. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Former Marlin Hanley Ramirez looks to bag a buyer for Florida mansion," 31 May 2018 There are four matte and metallic eye pencils in shades: Immortal (bronze shimmer), Copper Foil (shimmery copper), Rustique (golden terra-cotta), and Cocoa (deep chocolate brown). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Palette Was Made for Doing Makeup on the Go," 31 May 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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