grotto

[grot-oh]
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Origin of grotto

1610–20; < Italian grotta < Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt
Related formsgrot·toed, adjectivegrot·to·like, adjective
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Related Words for grotto

cavern, cavity, chamber, den, hollow, antre, subterrane

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British Dictionary definitions for grotto

grotto

noun plural -toes or -tos
  1. a small cave, esp one with attractive features
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for grotto
n.

1610s, from Italian grotta, ultimately from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte "hidden place" (see crypt). Terminal -o may be from its being spelled that way in many translations of Dante's "Divine Comedy."

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