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[ter-uh] /ˈtɛr ə/
earth; land.
Origin of terra
1605-15; < Latin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The nine fine engravings which adorn the Voyage to terra Australis are his work.

  • I lost no time in dismounting to terra firma, or rather the floor.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Secundum humanam substantiam, absens cœlo, cum esset in terra, et derelinquens terram cum ascendisset in cœlum.

  • This is the professor of history at the University of terra, speaking.

    John Jones's Dollar Harry Stephen Keeler
  • When General Scott undertook this campaign Florida was a terra incognita.

    General Scott General Marcus J. Wright
British Dictionary definitions for terra


(in legal contexts) earth or land
Word Origin
from Latin
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Word Origin and History for terra

Latin, literally "earth" (see terrain).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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terra in Science
  1. A rough highland or mountainous region of the moon with a relatively high albedo. Compare mare.

  2. A vast highland region on a planet.

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