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ter·ra

 (tĕr′ə)
n. pl. ter·rae (tĕr′ē)
A rough upland or mountainous region of the moon or other solar system body often having a high albedo relative to other surface features.

[Latin, earth, land; see terrace.]

terra

(ˈtɛrə)
n
(Law) (in legal contexts) earth or land
[from Latin]

ter•ra

(ˈtɛr ə)

n.
earth; land.
[1605–15; < Latin]
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He thought more of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he slew Roland in spite of enchantments, availing himself of the artifice of Hercules when he strangled Antaeus the son of Terra in his arms.
They went to work at once, plowing, barrowing, rolling, furrowing, in admirable order, as if they were bent on making this a model farm; but when I was looking sharp to see what kind of seed they dropped into the furrow, a gang of fellows by my side suddenly began to hook up the virgin mould itself, with a peculiar jerk, clean down to the sand, or rather the water -- for it was a very springy soil -- indeed all the terra firma there was -- and haul it away on sleds, and then I guessed that they must be cutting peat in a bog.
Deep ruts and "cradle-holes" were worn in the ice, as on terra firma, by the passage of the sleds over the same track, and the horses invariably ate their oats out of cakes of ice hollowed out like buckets.
And then they returned to terra firma, that is to say, to some passage that led them to the little girls' dancing-school, where brats between six and ten were practising their steps, in the hope of becoming great dancers one day, "covered with diamonds.
Four shallops came off with very little noise alongside the lugger, which, no doubt, in acknowledgement of the compliment, lowered her own shallop into the sea, and the five boats worked so well that by two o'clock in the morning all the cargo was out of The Young Amelia and on terra firma.
The Rocky Mountains formed a vast barrier between them and the United States, and their stern and awful defiles, their rugged valleys, and the great western plains watered by their rivers, remained almost a terra incognita to the American trapper.
Illam Terra parens, irra irritata deorum, Extremam (ut perhibent) Coeo Enceladoque sororem Progenuit.
Around this fragment of terra firma grew reeds as lofty as trees are in Europe, and stretching away out of sight.
It was a trembling and ashen-hued Usanga who tumbled out of the fuselage, for his nerves were still on edge as a result of the harrowing experience of the loop, yet with terra firma once more under foot, he quickly regained his composure.
She was silent a little after I had ceased speaking; then she inquired, "If you are so fond of a garden why don't you go to terra firma, where there are so many far better than this?
The Louis Sullivan Terra Cotta Symposium, co-sponsored by Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLP (WASA); the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter (APT NE); and the Cooper Union, will include a tour of the Bayard-Condict Building, Louis Sullivan's only New York City building, which WASA's historic preservation department restored in 2002; and a reception at the Woolworth Building, one of the city's earliest and most stunning terra cotta skyscrapers.
The new combined corporate powerhouse, Terra Lycos, will be a mixture of offices and corporate officers from both companies.