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Definition a small cave — usually with attractive features
  • We visited the famous Blue Grotto at Italy's island of Capri.
  • a natural grotto deep in the woods
  • We passed the night in a grotto hollowed in the snow, which afforded us but poor shelter...
    Mark Twain  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • The burning snakes twisted horribly and some crawled burning across the floor of the grotto to illuminate its darker recesses.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • grotto = small cave
  • The grotto by Missing's back wall and in earshot of the little creek was rapidly becoming the family burial plot.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The carved steps finally opened into a cold, moist grotto whose walls were covered in gray-green fungi.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Day and night they heard the muffled thud of the picks above and dreamt of the collapse of the grotto and of every ghastly eventuality.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Then Rhunon led him to a low, grotto-like chamber set within the trunk of one of the trees out of which her house was grown.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "If you go on nagging, I'll drag you back to Martin's grotto and chain you up again."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The walls were lined with the dark openings of caves, which differed in size from grottoes no larger than a man to a gaping cavern larger than a house.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • When they grew up, they built a town called Qianjiadong—the Thousand-Family Grotto.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He now realized that the walls of the cave had dissolved around him, and he was standing in a grotto on the backside of the waterfall.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • There the heat was thick; it collected stagnant in the rocks, which were soft and eaten by rain acids into grottos and Cambodian shapes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She walks me down into a grotto, past a circle of tall crystals, delicate as glass.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The grave decisions facing the camerlegno required information .... information entombed in a sarcophagus in the Vatican Grottoes.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • They stood in a ragged line, facing the shadowed grotto.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Above the foyer, nine different levels bear names like the Grotto, the Crypt Room, and the Knights Templar Chapel.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • From what she can tell, it's a low grotto, maybe four yards long and half as wide, shaped like a loaf of bread.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I'm going to kiss every inch of your naked skin, your lovely breasts, and your delicious grotto.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Someone had built a grotto of rocks around the base of the tub.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising

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