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Terra firma

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Meaning of Terra firma
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:

 "Solid earth"

Definition of Terra firma
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression relates to dry land or solid earth and is derived from 'terra' meaning earth and 'firma' meaning solid. Commonly used to differentiate from the sea and the air. An example is " I went on a cruise and was so seasick I couldn't wait to get back on to terra firma".

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"Terra firma" History & Related English words
Related English words include terrain, terrestrial and territory, root words of terra.

The term is often used when describing the long voyages of explorers and sailors. Christopher Columbus, fearing mutiny, must have been extremely relieved to sight land (terra firma) on October 12, 1492 after 70 days at sea.

Another couple of famous expressions during the golden Age of Exploration is 'Terra incognita' meaning "unknown land" which was used in cartography for areas that had not been mapped or documented. The term 'mare incognitum' that means "unknown sea" and was used in reference to uncharted seas .

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Terra firma
The popular Latin phrase or expression "Terra firma" is
so familiar that it has become part of our own, English language. The roots of this famous Latin expression lay with the language of ancient Rome. The meaning of the expression is "Solid earth".

The Latin language spread throughout the western world and was taught in schools and spoken by the greatest scholars. The use of this expression was so useful and popular that it has survived the passing of time, the phrase is one of our 'Latin legacies'.

"I was happy to get back to
Terra firma after the turbulence of the airplane flight."

 

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