Definition of terra
terraeplay \-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\
: any of the relatively light-colored highland areas on the surface of the moon or a planet
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The city began requiring scaffolding as part of a 1980 city law that established regular inspections of building facades after a college student was killed by a chunk of terra cotta that fell from an apartment house.
New varieties are now available with flower colors in pinks, reds and terra cotta.
And so BKSK exercised the architect’s prerogative to enshrine what time erodes, translating the cast foliage designs of the 19th century into contemporary digital abstractions molded in glazed terra-cotta.
Come evening, climb the spiral staircase to the belfry of San Francisco Javier church, a particularly gorgeous (and economical, at €1/$1.14 admission) perch to watch the sunset over the terra cotta rooftops.
Understandably, Beaumont has abandoned water in favor of terra firma for his latest, and perhaps toughest, challenge of all.
Back on terra firma the Wilshire Grand meets the ground awkwardly.
The ornate terra cotta entrance connecting the apartment’s two towers contrasts the brown patches of grass along the parkway and casually dressed men standing outside the building.
These ideas certainly predated The Secret Circle, but L.J. Smith grounded 70’s California New Agery in the chilly, pragmatic, no nonsense terra firma of Massachusetts.
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Origin and Etymology of terra
New Latin, from Latin, land
First Known Use: 1946See Words from the same year
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