terra cotta

[kot-uh]
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:
1715–25; < Italian: literally, baked earth < Latin terra cōcta

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terra-cotta

[ter-uh-kot-uh]
adjective
made of or having the color of terra cotta.

Origin:
1865–70

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terra-cotta
1722, from It. terra cotta, lit. "cooked earth," from terra "earth" (see terrain) + cotta "baked," from L. cocta, fem. pp. of coquere (see cook (n.)). As a color name for brownish-red, attested from 1882.
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Example sentences
The upscale setting features wrought iron chandeliers, distressed terra cotta
  walls, white linens and a fireplace.
The casual setting features terra cotta--style walls, simple wood furnishings
  and a sampling of beer and wine.
The setting features high ceilings, palm trees, bamboo chairs and distressed
  terra cotta walls.
The cream-colored setting includes distressed terra cotta walls, hanging
  plants, white tablecloths and chandeliers.
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