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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/
an unknown or unexplored land, region, or subject. Unabridged
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  • Less than two centuries ago, new nations could still be staked out on terra incognita.
  • It's terra incognita, a place no one expected to visit.
  • There was both promise and danger in such ventures into terra incognita.
British Dictionary definitions for terra incognita

terra incognita

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

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

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