noun, often attributive
ter·​ra-cot·​ta | \ ˌter-ə-ˈkä-tə How to pronounce terra-cotta (audio) \

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

First Known Use of terra-cotta

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terra-cotta

Italian terra cotta, literally, baked earth

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“Terra-cotta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra-cotta. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of terra-cotta

: 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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