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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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 In addition to classic indigo, black, white, and baby blue, there’s beige, rust, faded terra-cotta, olive, and bright cherry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Designer’s Secret to Seriously Good Jeans? A Background in Mechanical Engineering," 20 Nov. 2018 The exterior of the building is of Italian Renaissance Style, and is faced in glazed terra cotta. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "The fate of the Rhodes Stores turned on a dime," 26 Oct. 2018 The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath main residence includes original Saltillo terra cotta tile, hardwood floors, and a large family room that opens to an outdoor patio. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Waterfront estate asks $2.4M in Florida," 9 Oct. 2018 There’s lots of texture happening with the cypress ceiling and the new terra-cotta-tile floor, and the wallpaper’s exuberance balances that. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This House Will Give You Wes Anderson Vibes," 5 Oct. 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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