terra firma[ter′ə fʉr′mə]
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Origin: New Latin : Latin terra, earth + Latin firma, feminine of firmus, solid.
terra firma - Cultural Definition
Dry land, as opposed to the sea: “After our stormy voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, we were relieved to set foot on terra firma.” From Latin, meaning “firm (or solid) ground.”