terra n (in legal contexts) earth or land (from Latin)
1 a white finely powdered form of gypsum, used to make paints, paper, etc.
2 any of various other white earthy substances, such as kaolin, pipeclay, and magnesia
(from Latin, literally: white earth)
n the solid earth; firm ground
(C17: from Latin)
terra incognita (Latin)
n an unexplored or unknown land, region, or area for study
1 a reddish-brown clayey earth found on the Aegean island of Lemnos: formerly used as an astringent and in the making of earthenware pottery
2 any similar earth resembling this
3 earthenware pottery made from this or a similar earth, esp. Samian ware
(from Latin: sealed earth)
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