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terra firma

[fur-muh] /ˈfɜr mə/
firm or solid earth; dry land (as opposed to water or air).
Origin of terra firma
1595-1605; < Latin Unabridged
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terra firma

the solid earth; firm ground
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C17: from Latin
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terra firma


c.1600, "part of the Italian mainland ruled by Venice," from Modern Latin terra firma, literally "firm land," from Latin terra "earth, land" (see terrain) + firma "firm," fem. of firmus (see firm (adj.)). Meaning "the land" (as distinct from "the sea") is first attested 1690s.

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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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