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grot·to

 (grŏt′ō)
n. pl. grot·toes or grot·tos
1. A small cave or cavern.
2. An artificial structure or excavation made to resemble a cave or cavern.

[Alteration of Italian grotta, from Vulgar Latin *grupta, from Latin crypta, vault; see crypt.]

grotto

(ˈɡrɒtəʊ)
n, pl -toes or -tos
1. (Physical Geography) a small cave, esp one with attractive features
2. (Architecture) a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century
[C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt]

grot•to

(ˈgrɒt oʊ)

n., pl. -toes, -tos.
1. a cave or cavern.
2. an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
[1610–20; < Italian grotta « Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt]
grot′toed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grotto - a small cave (usually with attractive features)grotto - a small cave (usually with attractive features)
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea

grotto

noun cave, tunnel, hollow, cavern, underground chamber Water trickles through an underground grotto.

grotto

noun
A hollow beneath the earth's surface:
Translations
grottajeskyňka
grotte
luola
caverna

grotto

[ˈgrɒtəʊ] N (grottos or grottoes (pl)) → gruta f

grotto

[ˈgrɒtəʊ] ngrotte f
Santa's grotto → grotte du père Noël

grotto

n pl <-(e)s> → Grotte f, → Höhle f; fairy grottoMärchenhöhle f; Santa’s grotto Raum, in dem der Weihnachtsmann in Kaufhäusern etc auftritt

grotto

[ˈgrɒtəʊ] ngrotta
References in classic literature ?
Grottos, cleverly managed, and massive terraces with dilapidated steps and rusty railings, gave a peculiar character to this lone retreat.
A wall of superb rocks, in an imposing mass, rose before us, a heap of gigantic blocks, an enormous, steep granite shore, forming dark grottos, but which presented no practicable slope; it was the prop of the Island of Crespo.
He saw her against a background of pale grottos and sleek hides; camels slanted their heavy-ridded eyes at her, giraffes fastidiously observed her from their melancholy eminence, and the pink-lined trunks of elephants cautiously abstracted buns from her outstretched hands.
Every shadowy nook, where seats invited one to stop and rest, was a mass of bloom, every cool grotto had its marble nymph smiling from a veil of flowers and every fountain reflected crimson, white, or pale pink roses, leaning down to smile at their own beauty.
We passed the night in a grotto hollowed in the snow, which afforded us but poor shelter, and I was ill all night.
Yes," said he, "I made a vow, to our Lady of the Grotto not to cut my hair or beard for ten years if I were saved in a moment of danger; but to-day the vow expires.
This door communicated with a subterranean passage, leading under the street to a grotto in the garden of a house about a hundred yards from that of the future Protector.
On the under story, towards the garden, let it be turned to a grotto, or a place of shade, or estivation.
Anyhow, she left it almost finished in the Grotto of the Calvary at the Capuccini Hotel at Amalfi while she went for a little ink.
And thus the wonderful Blue Grotto is suggested to me.
which were regarded as wonderful in 1653, are still so, even at the present time; the cascades awakened the admiration of kings and princes; and as for the famous grotto, the theme of so many poetical effusions, the residence of that illustrious nymph of Vaux, whom Pelisson made converse with La Fontaine, we must be spared the description of all its beauties.
My friends' launch cast us loose just below the grotto, and then Harris wanted to make out that it was my turn to pull.