terracotta

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian terra (earth) + cotta (baked)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌtɛɹəˈkɒtə/

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Noun[edit]

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terracotta (usually uncountable, plural terracottas)

  1. a hard red-brown unglazed earthenware, used for pottery and building construction

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Adjective[edit]

terracotta (not comparable)

  1. Of the colour of terracotta.
    • 1892 June 18, F. W. B., Why Paint a Greenhouse White?, in The Garden, volume 41, page 569:
      A dull red or terracotta brown is far better, and sets off the foliage of Palms or Ferns to greater advantage.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, The China Governess[1]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

terracotta f (plural terrecotte)

  1. terracotta

Adjective[edit]

terracotta (invariable)

  1. terracotta (colour)

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