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stucco

[stuhk-oh] /ˈstʌk oʊ/
noun, plural stuccoes, stuccos.
1.
an exterior finish for masonry or frame walls, usually composed of cement, sand, and hydrated lime mixed with water and laid on wet.
2.
any of various fine plasters for decorative work, moldings, etc.
3.
any of various finishes made with cement, plaster, or mortar, as albarium.
4.
a wall, facing, molding, or other work made of such materials.
verb (used with object), stuccoed, stuccoing.
5.
to cover or ornament with stucco.
Origin of stucco
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian < Langobardic; compare Old High German stucki crust, piece (German Stück)
Related forms
unstuccoed, adjective
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  • stucco ornaments, so apparent at the latter place, were now becoming numerous again.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • The sculpture, stripped of its stucco surface, is rude but often impressive.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • The three graves inside are built of brick covered with stucco work.

  • They were of brick, but most of them were covered with stucco.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The roof is curiously inlaid with stucco or mortar, and is traversed from east to west by an immense black beam.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Some ornaments of stucco and fragments of mosaic-work are yet to be seen.

British Dictionary definitions for stucco

stucco

/ˈstʌkəʊ/
noun (pl) -coes, -cos
1.
a weather-resistant mixture of dehydrated lime, powdered marble, and glue, used in decorative mouldings on buildings
2.
any of various types of cement or plaster used for coating outside walls
3.
Also called stuccowork. decorative work moulded in stucco
verb -coes, -cos, -coing, -coed
4.
(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
n.

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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