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[ter-uh-kot-uh] /ˈtɛr əˈkɒt ə/
made of or having the color of terra cotta.
Origin of terra-cotta
1865-70 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terracotta
  • Tiny farms with gray terracotta roofs sat between neat square rows of rice and organized gardens.
  • You'll find everything from a flexible rubber ice tray to a sleek sleeper sofa, both available in a warm shade of terracotta.
  • Admire the saffron- and terracotta-toned architecture along the way.
  • The collection includes engraved terracotta pots, small bronze statues and religious objects.
  • His practice was to model a sculpture in clay, which was fired to make a terracotta.
  • The columns are fluted and sheathed with glazed terracotta tiles.
  • The arched entryway is composed of terracotta tiles with a keystone.
  • It is a large terracotta-colored building on the right.
  • Major interior finishes include perforated stainless steel wall panels, terracotta wall systems and terrazzo floors.
  • The deep blue-greens of the foreground bushes similarly balance and contrast with the red-oranges of the terracotta roofs.
British Dictionary definitions for terracotta


a hard unglazed brownish-red earthenware, or the clay from which it is made
something made of terracotta, such as a sculpture
a strong reddish-brown to brownish-orange colour
made of terracotta: a terracotta urn
of the colour terracotta: a terracotta carpet
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: baked earth
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Word Origin and History for terracotta



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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