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terra incognita

[ter-uh in-kog-ni-tuh, in-kog-nee-; Latin ter-rah in-kawg-ni-tah] /ˈtɛr ə ɪnˈkɒg nɪ tə, ˌɪn kɒgˈni-; Latin ˈtɛr rɑ ɪnˈkɔg nɪ tɑ/
noun
1.
an unknown or unexplored land, region, or subject.
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  • The cañon was at that time a terra incognita to these cattlemen of the Panhandle.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • The country we now plunged into, as may be guessed, was a terra incognita to me.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • This part of the Villa Camellia was terra incognita to the school.

  • It was terra incognita to me; I had never entered these rooms before.

    Rutledge Miriam Coles Harris
  • With this account of it as a terra incognita, the explorers ceased to advance.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
  • In my first paper I said that these hills were a terra incognita to the tourist.

  • The interior of Sardinia has been hitherto a kind of "terra incognita."

  • Into what remote corners or into what terra incognita might she not wander!

    The Galaxy Various
  • One can only speak vaguely of detail, as this is still a terra incognita.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • There is the same fear of the terra incognita in literature that there is in nature.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
British Dictionary definitions for terra incognita

terra incognita

/ˈtɛrə ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtə/
noun
1.
an unexplored or unknown land, region, or area for study
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Word Origin and History for terra incognita
n.

"unknown or unexplored region," 1610s, Latin, literally "unknown land," from terra (see terrain) + fem. of incognito.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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