Definition of terra rossa in English:

terra rossa

noun

mass noun
  • A reddish soil occurring on limestone in Mediterranean climates.

    • ‘Some limestone soils, such as the Mediterranean terra rossa, are red-brown in colour; these are moderately alkaline and have a good clay-loam texture and structure.’
    • ‘Soil-unique and soil-specific alleles were found in two edaphic groups dwelling on terra rossa and basalt soils across macro- and microgeographical scales.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean soils of terra rossa on a limestone bedrock are suited to extensive cereal culture and to dry arboriculture.’

Origin

Late 19th century: Italian, literally ‘red earth’.

Pronunciation

terra rossa

/ˈrɒsə/