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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
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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Word Origin and History for 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.

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