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grotto

[ grot-oh ]
/ ˈgrɒt oʊ /
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noun, plural grot·toes, grot·tos.
a cave or cavern.
an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
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Origin of grotto

1610–20; <Italian grotta<Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt

OTHER WORDS FROM grotto

grottoed, adjectivegrot·to·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grotto

grotto
/ (ˈɡrɒtəʊ) /

noun plural -toes or -tos
a small cave, esp one with attractive features
a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century

Word Origin for grotto

C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt
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