terra-cotta

[ter-uh-kot-uh]
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Origin of terra-cotta

First recorded in 1865–70

terra cotta

[kot-uh]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. something made of terra cotta.
  3. 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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Related Words for terra-cotta

adobe, argil

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Word Origin and History for terra-cotta
n.

1722, from Italian terra cotta, literally "cooked earth," from terra "earth" (see terrain) + cotta "baked," from Latin cocta, fem. past participle of coquere (see cook (n.)). As a color name for brownish-red, attested from 1882.

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