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terra firma

[fur-muh] /ˈfɜr mə/
noun
1.
firm or solid earth; dry land (as opposed to water or air).
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for terra firma

terra firma

/ˈfɜːmə/
noun
1.
the solid earth; firm ground
Word Origin
C17: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for terra firma
terra firma
1605, "part of the Italian mainland ruled by Venice," from Mod.L. terra firma, lit. "firm land," from L. terra "earth, land" (see terrain) + firma "firm," fem. of firmus (see firm (adj.)). Meaning "the land" (as distinct from "the sea") is first attested 1693.
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terra firma in Culture
terra firma [(ter-uh fur-muh)]

Dry land, as opposed to the sea: “After our stormy voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, we were relieved to set foot on terra firma.” From Latin, meaning “firm (or solid) ground.”

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