terracotta

or ter·ra-cot·ta , ter·ra cot·ta

[ ter-uh-kot-uh ]
/ ˈtɛr əˈkɒt ə /

noun

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 terracotta.
a brownish-orange color like that of unglazed terracotta.

adjective

made of or having the color of terracotta.

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Origin of terracotta

First recorded in 1715–25; from Italian: literally, “baked earth, cooked earth,” from Latin terra cocta; see origin at thirsty, cook1
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British Dictionary definitions for terracotta

terracotta
/ (ˌtɛrəˈkɒtə) /

noun

a hard unglazed brownish-red earthenware, or the clay from which it is made
something made of terracotta, such as a sculpture
a strong reddish-brown to brownish-orange colour

adjective

made of terracottaa terracotta urn
of the colour terracottaa terracotta carpet

Word Origin for terracotta

C18: from Italian, literally: baked earth
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