testaceous

adjective

tes·​ta·​ceous te-ˈstā-shəs How to pronounce testaceous (audio)
1
: having a shell
a testaceous protozoan
2
: of any of the several light colors of bricks

Word History

Etymology

Latin testaceus, from testa shell, earthen pot, brick

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of testaceous was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Testaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testaceous. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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