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terra incognita

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of terra incognita

plural

terrae incognitae

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 in a sentence

  1. the terra incognita beyond those mountains



Did You Know?

When Roman mapmakers drew a land area that no one had yet explored, they often labeled it "Terra Incognita"—that is, "Unknown Territory"—and the term continued to be used for centuries afterward. When Columbus and his successors first crossed the Atlantic, they entered upon terra incognita, a land that came to be called the "New World". But the term is just as useful for mental exploration. For most of us, subjects such as particle physics, French 17th-century drama, and soil mechanics are terra incognita, and we can only hope to live long enough to be able to explore some of them someday.

Origin and Etymology of terra incognita

Latin


First Known Use: 1611


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