terra-cotta

noun, often attributive ter·ra-cot·ta \ ˌter-ə-ˈkä-tə \

Definition of terra-cotta

1 : a glazed or unglazed fired clay used especially for statuettes and vases and architectural purposes (as for roofing, facing, and relief ornamentation); also : something made of this material
2 : a brownish orange

Origin and Etymology of terra-cotta

Italian terra cotta, literally, baked earth


TERRA-COTTA Defined for English Language Learners

terra-cotta

noun

Definition of terra-cotta for English Language Learners

  • : a reddish clay that is used for pottery and tiles

  • : things (such as tiles, pottery, or statues) that are made from terra-cotta

  • : a brownish-orange color


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