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terra cotta

[kot-uh] /ˈkɒt ə/
noun
1.
a hard, fired clay, brownish-red in color when unglazed, that is used for architectural ornaments and facings, structural units, pottery, and as a material for sculpture.
2.
something made of terra cotta.
3.
a brownish-orange color like that of unglazed terra cotta.
Origin of terra cotta
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: literally, baked earth < Latin terra cōcta

terra-cotta

[ter-uh-kot-uh] /ˈtɛr əˈkɒt ə/
adjective
1.
made of or having the color of terra cotta.
Origin
1865-70
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Historical Examples
  • The cloisters adjoining are surrounded with a light arcade, with enrichments in the spandrils and frieze, all in terra cotta.

  • Can these have been of terra cotta of the della Robbia school?

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • Italian marble, terra cotta and Mexican onyx are the principal materials used, and nothing "equally as good" is tolerated.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • Another is a dining-room of copper, bronze and terra cotta shades.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • There were also several lamps, a small altar of terra cotta, and a few glass perfume vials.

  • In London, the substitute for the clay would be terra cotta.

  • terra cotta and Tiles,—Owing to large deposits of fine clays suitable for making such articles.

  • The sphere is of terra cotta; the marks that have been made on it are rough and ill formed.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • Before him there is the grand doorway, surmounted by the oft-described arch of Spanish shields in terra cotta.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • How minutely expressive are the terra cotta images of Spain!

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
Word Origin and History for terra cotta

terra-cotta

n.

1722, from Italian terra cotta, literally "cooked earth," from terra "earth" (see terrain) + cotta "baked," from Latin cocta, fem. past participle of coquere (see cook (n.)). As a color name for brownish-red, attested from 1882.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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