From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

grotto \grot"to\ (gr[o^]t"t[-o]), n.; pl. Grottoes
   (gr[o^]t"t[=o]z). [Formerly grotta, fr. It. grotta, LL.
   grupta, fr. L. crypta a concealed subterranean passage,
   vault, cavern, Gr. kry`pth, fr. krypto`s concealed, fr.
   kry`ptein to conceal. Cf. Grot, Crypt.]
   A natural covered opening in the earth; a cave; also, an
   artificial recess, cave, or cavernlike apartment.
   [1913 Webster]
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