terra cotta


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terra cotta a hard unglazed brownish-red earthenware
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Terra cotta Baked clay; a kind of hard pottery used for statues, architectural decorations, figures, vases, and the like.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. terra earth + cotta, fem. of cotto cooked, L. coctus, p. p. of coquere to cook. See Cook n.


In literature:

The contrast with the modern terra-cotta buildings on the north side of the street is striking.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
The houses in Kensington Court, near by, are elaborately decorated with ornamental terra-cotta mouldings.
"The Kensington District" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The bust of Sir Isaac Newton, terra cotta.
"Notes and Queries, Number 182, April 23, 1853" by Various
Turning now to the walls of this apartment, we find glass-cases filled with vases in terra cotta and eastern alabaster.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 455" by Various
Government House itself is a great palace, not beautiful, as it is built of yellow brick and pink terra-cotta, but imposing and dignified.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Another is a dining-room of copper, bronze and terra cotta shades.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
When we reach Roman times we have a fuller view of the popular worship in the terra-cotta figures.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
Cleo reclined on the same couch, robed in a terra-cotta gown which Morgan recognised at once.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
The smooth flat terra cotta tiles showed no distinguishing marks.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
In the bottom view special terra-cotta blocks are used which pass through both walls.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
The walls of this apartment are terra-cotta, with a finely carved oak-panelling.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893" by Various
She looked at the vat of terra-cotta puree with considerable dismay when she had stirred in the last measure of cream.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
He thought of having it cast in terra-cotta, but how and where?
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
The palace erected by Cardinal Castiglione has good terra-cotta decorations.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
They chose a table close to the edge of the terrace, near a big terra-cotta vase filled with scarlet geraniums.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Statues, busts, and bas-reliefs, in marble, bronze, and terra-cotta, ornamented many buildings both without and within.
"Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century" by Estelle M. Hurll
It is practically the same terra-cotta as that of the inscribed tablets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
It has fine palaces with decorations in terra-cotta; and a modern bath establishment is situated here.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The stone balcony that edged the upper terrace was still adorned with all its old terra-cotta vases.
"The Golden Triangle" by Maurice Leblanc
There stood upon the bureau the same two terra-cotta vases, and in each a couple of fresh roses.
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen

In poetry:

An ancient terra-cotta Faun,
A laughing note in 'mid the green,
Grins at us from the central lawn,
With secret and sarcastic mien.
"Le Faune" by Paul Verlaine
Fall's terra-cotta-colored flowers,
Whose disks the trickling wet has tinged
With dingy lustre when the bower's
Thin, flame-flecked leaves the frost has singed;
"A Dark Day" by Madison Julius Cawein
She wore a 'terra-cotta' dress,
And we stayed, because of the pelting storm,
Within the hansom's dry recess,
Though the horse had stopped; yea, motionless
We sat on, snug and warm.
"A Thunderstorm In Town" by Thomas Hardy
The pansies on your window-sill
In terra cotta flowerpot,
Like royal gold and purple frill
Upon the stony casement wrought,
Adorned your tasteful domicile
And claimed your time and care and thought.
"Supplicating" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Curtis Thompson, Terra Cotta Invitational.
Terra Cotta Invitational has local flavor.
Emiliano Grillo, 18, Argentina, shot a solid 3-under 69 to win the 16th Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club on Sunday April 10, 2011 in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News.
O'Hair a Terra Cotta Invitational alum.
NAPLES — Twelve years ago, Sean O'Hair was a 16-year-old playing in the finals of the fourth Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club.
Fixit shows you how easy it is to paint terra cotta pots and give them that natural outdoor look.
Watch Painting terra cotta in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
Its amazing terra-cotta warriors are way too popular.
Terra cotta warriors come to Houston.
Young's in a terra cotta state of mind.
Uptown Mansions, Houston St Families, Terra Cotta .
Susan Tunick, head of the Friends of Terra Cotta , says that the material was the work of the New Jersey Terra Cotta Company.
It Was a Showcase for Terra Cotta .
Most soldiers are replicas of the famous terra-cotta warriors that were discovered by a farmer in 1947 in a field in Xian, China.
China unearths more terra cotta warriors.