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grotto

[grot-oh] /ˈgrɒt oʊ/
noun, plural grottoes, grottos.
1.
a cave or cavern.
2.
an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Italian grotta < Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt
Related forms
grottoed, adjective
grottolike, adjective
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grotto

/ˈɡrɒtəʊ/
noun (pl) -toes, -tos
1.
a small cave, esp one with attractive features
2.
a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century
Word Origin
C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt
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Word Origin and History for grottolike

grotto

n.

1610s, from Italian grotta, ultimately from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte "hidden place" (see crypt). Terminal -o may be from its being spelled that way in many translations of Dante's "Divine Comedy."

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Encyclopedia Article for grottolike

grotto

natural or artificial cave used as a decorative feature in 18th-century European gardens. Grottoes derived from natural caves were regarded in antiquity as dwelling places of divinities. Grottoes were often constructed from a fanciful arrangement of rocks, shells, bones, broken glass, and other strangely assorted objects and were commonly associated with water (see nymphaeum).

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