terra incognita


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terra in·cog·ni·ta

 (ĭn′kŏg-nē′tə, -kŏg′nĭ-tə)
n. pl. terrae in·cog·ni·tae (ĭn′kŏg-nē′tē, -kŏg′nĭ-tē′)
1. An unknown land; an unexplored region: "a vast and virtually final terra incognita left to terrestrial explorers" (David F. Salisbury).
2. A new or unexplored field of knowledge.

[New Latin : Latin terra, land + Latin incognita, feminine of incognitus, unknown.]

terra incognita

(ˈtɛrə ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtə)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an unexplored or unknown land, region, or area for study

ter•ra in•cog•ni•ta

(ˈtɛr ə ɪnˈkɒg nɪ tə, ˌɪn kɒgˈni-)
n., pl. ter•rae in•cog•ni•tae (ˈtɛr aɪ ɪnˈkɒg nɪˌtaɪ, ˌɪn kɒgˈni taɪ)
an unknown or unexplored land, region, or subject.
[1610–20; < Latin: unknown land]

terra incognita

A Latin phrase meaning unknown ground, used to mean an unexplored or unfamiliar territory.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terra incognita - an unknown and unexplored regionterra incognita - an unknown and unexplored region; "they came like angels out the unknown"
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
References in classic literature ?
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.
The future is an unchartered land, a terra incognita, covered in a fog of ambiguity and fear of the unknown.
Meme interdite, bafouee et muselee, la parole du poete survit a toute persecution, dejoue toute censure, circule sous le manteau, s'evade dans un ailleurs de liberte, a la quete permanente de la terra incognita.
Between them, these feature articles probe the diverse range of issues facing this complex terra incognita.
After all, it was the United States that first entered the terra incognita of the post-industrial era, in which manufactured goods were increasingly produced elsewhere, while employment and growth shifted to financial and other professional services.
Most of the area around Stonehenge is terra incognita.
Who: First Annual Madison Womyn's Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce a dynamic mix of performances from Terra Incognita Aerial Dance, Mami Wata African Drum Troupe, DJ Steph Stringer, DJ Kayla Kush, Araceli Esparza, Beth Kille, Sophie Spacegypsy, Holo Mink, Seasaw, Lovemichallalynn, Irene Keenan Jr.
National Library of Australia, Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia
John Allison is now the owner of Terra Incognita Fitness, a specialist outdoor fitness training company.
It began on a canal in Venice and ended via a specially deconstructed National Library of Australia window it was too big to come through the front door - but one of the rarest maps in the world, the 1450 Fra Mauro Map of the World, has finally taken pride of place in the Library s Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition.