terra alba

ter·​ra al·​ba | \ ˌterəˈalbə, -rəˈȯl- \

Definition of terra alba

: any of several white mineral substances: such as
a : gypsum ground for a pigment
b : kaolin used especially as an adulterant of paints

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for terra alba

New Latin, literally, white earth

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about terra alba

Statistics for terra alba

Cite this Entry

“Terra alba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20alba. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

Comments on terra alba

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


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!