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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/
noun
1.
an unknown or unexplored land, region, or subject.
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  • When General Scott undertook this campaign Florida was a terra incognita.

    General Scott General Marcus J. Wright
  • Into what remote corners or into what terra incognita might she not wander!

    The Galaxy Various
  • At the time the Yellowstone Park was set aside, the country was almost a terra incognita; its boundaries were ill defined.

  • One can only speak vaguely of detail, as this is still a terra incognita.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • It was on the borders of that terra incognita which so often supplies eponymi to unknown and mysterious generations.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • There is the same fear of the terra incognita in literature that there is in nature.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • The country is little better than a terra incognita, to naturalists, geologists, and all other branches of ists and ologists.

    Gatherings From Spain Richard Ford
  • "This joker should come from some terra incognita;" he said.

  • It was terra incognita to me; I had never entered these rooms before.

    Rutledge Miriam Coles Harris
  • This wadi, it will be remembered, was to us terra incognita.

British Dictionary definitions for terra incognita

terra incognita

/ˈtɛrə ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtə/
noun
1.
an unexplored or unknown land, region, or area for study
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Word Origin and History for terra incognita
n.

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

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