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

n a plaster now made mostly from Portland cement and sand and lime; applied while soft to cover exterior walls or surfaces

a substance similar to stucco but exclusively applied to masonry walls
Type of:
a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings

v decorate with stucco work

“stuccoe d ceilings”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v coat with stucco

stucco the ceiling”
Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

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