- made of or having the color of terra cotta.
Origin of terra-cotta
First recorded in 1865–70
- a hard, fired clay, brownish-red in color when unglazed, that is used for architectural ornaments and facings, structural units, pottery, and as a material for sculpture.
- something made of terra cotta.
- a brownish-orange color like that of unglazed terra cotta.
Origin of terra cotta
1715–25; < Italian: literally, baked earth < Latin terra cōcta
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Examples from the Web for terra-cotta
It is noted for its terra-cotta ware, clocks, and Museum of Antiquities.Denmark
M. Pearson Thomson
No. 19 is a splendid Terra-cotta vase from the Palace of Priam.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
He came to a stop, and sat staring at the terra-cotta Spanish floor-tiles.The Prairie Mother
The too lachrymose Madonna in terra-cotta, 256, already ushers in the decadence.The Story of Paris
The slab of terra-cotta was the most obvious material for its reception.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1
Word Origin and History for terra-cotta
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