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terrain

[ tuh-reyn ]
/ təˈreɪn /
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noun
a tract of land, especially as considered with reference to its natural features, military advantages, etc.
Geology. terrane.
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Origin of terrain

1720–30; <French ≪ Vulgar Latin *terrānum, noun use of neuter of *terrānus of land. See terra, -an
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British Dictionary definitions for terrain

terrain
/ (təˈreɪn, ˈtɛreɪn) /

noun
ground or a piece of ground, esp with reference to its physical character or military potentialradio reception can be difficult in mountainous terrain; a rocky terrain
a variant spelling of terrane

Word Origin for terrain

C18: from French, ultimately from Latin terrēnum ground, from terra earth
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