tes·​ta ˈte-stə How to pronounce testa (audio)
plural testae ˈte-ˌstē How to pronounce testa (audio)
: the hard external coating or integument of a seed

Examples of testa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These testa di moro ceramic heads are today used by Sicilians as vases, lamp holders, citrus bowls and flower pots or just to decorate rooms. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 31 Dec. 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, shell

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of testa was in 1796

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“Testa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testa. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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tes·​ta ˈtes-tə How to pronounce testa (audio)
plural testae -ˌtē How to pronounce testa (audio)
: the hard outer coat of a seed

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