from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A grotto.


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  • (chitarra); amici da tutto il mondo si ritroveranno nella speciale atmosfera del Jazzkeller Francoforte, il più antico club di jazz in Germania, una "grotta" vecchia un centinaio d'anni sotto terra vicino alla Alte Oper di centro di Francoforte.

    Lockergnome hammondcast 2010

  • La grotta del Formaggio is full of cheese and bread, while next door is a sumptuous Italian bakery, Fratellis.

    Commercial Drive 2007

  • She was searching the wood for Bradamante who had retired from the world to "una grotta oscura" to die of grief.

    Diversions in Sicily Henry Festing Jones 1889

  • At this point on the face of the sea-cliff I was told that I should discover a _grotta_, one of the caverns which some think are indicated by Cassiodorus when he speaks of his fish-preserves.

    By the Ionian Sea George Gissing 1880

  • So I justify my emendation of the "grotta del toro" at Trapani.

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler Samuel Butler 1868

  • And so the grotto is called "La grotta del toro" [The grotto of the bull].

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler Samuel Butler 1868

  • {113} This cave, which is identifiable with singular completeness, is now called the "grotta del toro," probably a corruption of "tesoro," for it is held to contain a treasure.

    The Odyssey 750? BC-650? BC Homer 1868

  • You will admire Sandys for telling you, that grotta di cane is a miracle: and I shall be laughed at, for assuring you, that it is nothing else but such a damp (continued by the neighborhood of certain sulphur mines) as through accidental heat does sometimes happen in our coalpits.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana James Harrington 1644

  • The Italian grotta had actually been a Latin word before that, which was closer to-and the ancestor of-our word crypt.

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  • Description: view of the shadow valley with the first snow of 2008, october, from grotta Pagani, a famous cave at the base of bastions of Presolana mountain in val Seriana - Content 2008


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