terrae filius

ter·rae fil·i·us | \ˌte(ˌ)rēˈfilēəs, -ˌrīˈf-\
plural terrae filii\-ēˈfilēˌī, -īˈfilēˌē \

Definition of terrae filius 

1 archaic : a person of lowly birth

2 : a student (as at Oxford University) formerly appointed to deliver a satirical oration — compare prevaricator sense 4

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History and Etymology for terrae filius

Latin, literally, son of the earth

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to reject or criticize sharply

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