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  • n. An unglazed hard-baked clay pottery
  • n. A reddish brown colour, like that of terra cotta.
  • adj. Of a reddish brown colour, like that of terra cotta.


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From Italian terra ("earth") + cotta ("baked")


  • He began using cream-colored stationery embossed with his name in terra-cotta letters: RAYMOND CARVER.

    Raymond Carver

  • The sight lines are such that as we take in a seventh-century 3½-foot vertical stele of Vishnu from northern or eastern India we also catch a glimpse of a terra-cotta roundel made some 200 years earlier.

    From Stillness, Cosmic Action

  • And who could deny that this postcard-perfect landscape of vast blue waters and sloping green hills dotted with terra-cotta villas is anything but dazzling?

    Maria Russo: Glamour, Gardens and George Clooney in Lake Como

  • Do yourself a favor and eat at the big, terra-cotta colored restaurant right in the middle of town.


  • A row of sculptures—from the tender, white marble "Alsatian Orphan" and patinated terra-cotta "Bust of a Woman" to the exuberant bronze "Head of Balzac"—lines the gallery's mantle.

    A Close-Up of a Master

  • Today, inside the terra-cotta colored building, giant trees stretch more than 20 meters into the air through a caved-in roof.

    Batavia's Down But Not Out

  • Harry suggested a terra-cotta red and he was right.

    Bird Cloud

  • At Sitka & Spruce, braised lamb simmers with flageolet beans in a fireplace and ends up in a terra-cotta pot with grilled house-made merguez sausage, a poached egg from The Corson Building's chicken coop and a brown butter and walnut drizzle.

    Grilled Lamb Chops With Salsa Verde and Yogurt Sauce

  • A terra-cotta bowl of chicken livers bathed in lemon juice and garlic taxied down onto the table.

    Day of Honey

  • The terrace, which overlooks the formal gardens, has a sweeping view of Florence, with Brunelleschi's great cathedral dome centered amid towers and terra-cotta roofs.

    Andrew Harper's Notebook


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