cotta

[kot-uh, kaw-tuh]
noun Ecclesiastical.
1.
a surplice.
2.
a short surplice, sleeveless or with short sleeves, worn especially by choristers.

Origin:
1840–50; < Medieval Latin, variant of cota kind of tunic. See coat

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cotta (ˈkɒtə)
 
n
RC Church a short form of surplice
 
[C19: from Italian: tunic, from Medieval Latin; see coat]

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Small sedums and succulents from sixpacks contrast beautifully in this textured
  terra-cotta bowl.
From the outside, the terra-cotta-colored tower appears modest in size.
The glazed terra-cotta jar was adapted for use as a water feature.
Most of her pots, for instance, are standard nursery terra-cotta.
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