terra cotta

[ kot-uh ]
/ ˈkɒt ə /


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

Definition for terra cotta (2 of 2)

[ ter-uh-kot-uh ]
/ ˈtɛr əˈkɒt ə /


made of or having the color of terra cotta.

Origin of terra-cotta

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for terra cotta

/ (ˌtɛrəˈkɒtə) /


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


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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