Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

terra incognita

play
noun ter·ra in·cog·ni·ta \ˈter-ə-ˌin-ˌkäg-ˈnē-tə, -in-ˈkäg-nə-tə\

Simple Definition of terra incognita

  • : a place that has not been discovered or that is unknown

Full Definition of terra incognita

plural ter·rae in·cog·ni·tae play \ˈter-ˌī-ˌin-ˌkäg-ˈnē-ˌtī, -in-ˈkäg-nə-ˌtī\

  1. :  unknown territory :  an unexplored country or field of knowledge

Examples of terra incognita

  1. the terra incognita beyond those mountains



Origin of terra incognita

Latin


First Known Use: 1611


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up terra incognita? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ