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[stuhk-oh] /ˈstʌk oʊ/
noun, plural stuccoes, stuccos.
an exterior finish for masonry or frame walls, usually composed of cement, sand, and hydrated lime mixed with water and laid on wet.
any of various fine plasters for decorative work, moldings, etc.
any of various finishes made with cement, plaster, or mortar, as albarium.
a wall, facing, molding, or other work made of such materials.
verb (used with object), stuccoed, stuccoing.
to cover or ornament with stucco.
Origin of stucco
1590-1600; < Italian < Langobardic; compare Old High German stucki crust, piece (German Stück)
Related forms
unstuccoed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stucco
  • The factory superintendent nodded politely and led them into a large building with peeling gray stucco walls.
  • It was indistinguishable from its neighbors-a two-story white stucco building surrounded by a whitewashed wall.
  • Inside are graceful one-story buildings of blue-green stucco and red tile roofs.
  • The division then made the site a garrison and painted its emblem on the stucco above the low door to the monastery's chapel.
  • The walls were finished with stucco and painted green, ochre and cranberry red, colors chosen to blend with the surroundings.
  • The hotel sits in the center of town, in a white-stucco-and-gray-stone building with noble details.
  • If the removal process harms the masonry, patch all holes with stucco matching the original compound.
  • The brick walls were plastered with white stucco and a tile roof was added.
  • For the other elevations, the brick veneer and stucco has been replaced with fiber cement siding.
British Dictionary definitions for stucco


noun (pl) -coes, -cos
a weather-resistant mixture of dehydrated lime, powdered marble, and glue, used in decorative mouldings on buildings
any of various types of cement or plaster used for coating outside walls
Also called stuccowork. decorative work moulded in stucco
verb -coes, -cos, -coing, -coed
(transitive) to apply stucco to
Derived Forms
stuccoer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stukki a fragment, crust, Old English stycce
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Word Origin and History for stucco

1590s, from Italian stucco, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stukki "crust, piece, fragment;" see stock (n.1)). The verb is attested from 1726.

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