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[grot-oh] /ˈgrɒt oʊ/

noun, plural grottoes, grottos.
a cave or cavern.
an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
noun (pl) -toes, -tos
a small cave, esp one with attractive features
a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century

1610s, from Italian grotta, ultimately from Latin crypta “vault, cavern,” from Greek krypte “hidden place” (see crypt). Terminal -o may be from its being spelled that way in many translations of Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”


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