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See also: terra cotta and terra-cotta

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Borrowed from Italian terra (earth) + cotta (baked).

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terracotta (usually uncountable, plural terracottas)

  1. A hard red-brown unglazed earthenware, used for pottery and building construction.
  2. A reddish brown colour, like that of terra cotta.
    terracotta colour:  

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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, in 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.

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terra + cotta.

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terracotta f (plural terrecotte)

  1. terracotta

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terracotta (invariable)

  1. terracotta (colour)

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