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stucco

Stucco is a material that's used to coat ceilings, walls, and the exterior of buildings. If you travel to the southwestern United States, you'll see many homes with stucco exteriors and terra-cotta roof tiles.

Stucco is a type of plaster, a substance that goes on as a wet paste and dries hard. In fact, in Italian, stucco means "plaster," from a Germanic source it shares with the Old High German stukki, or "crust." Stucco is mainly decorative, often covering metal or cinderblock, but it's also a weather-resistant coating. While regular plaster is usually smooth and white, stucco is most often textured.

Definitions of stucco
  1. noun
    a plaster now made mostly from Portland cement and sand and lime; applied while soft to cover exterior walls or surfaces
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    types:
    render
    a substance similar to stucco but exclusively applied to masonry walls
    type of:
    plaster
    a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
  2. verb
    decorate with stucco work
    “stuccoe d ceilings”
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  3. verb
    coat with stucco
    stucco the ceiling”
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    type of:
    coat, surface
    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
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