noun, plural grottoes, grottos.
a cave or cavern.
an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.

1610–20; < Italian grotta < Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt

grottoed, adjective
grottolike, adjective Unabridged
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grotto (ˈɡrɒtəʊ)
n , 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
[C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt]

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Word Origin & History

1617, from It. grotta, ult. from L. crypta "vault, cavern," from Gk. 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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