Elements of the Universe: Terra – 13 Words


a piece of ground having specific characteristics

The blaze is burning in steep, rugged terrain covered in thick, dense brush and dead trees.Los Angeles Times (Jul 30, 2015)

relating to the land as opposed to the sea or air

We used to rely on two feet and a heartbeat for all terrestrial travel.The Guardian (Jun 22, 2015)

the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a state

With Hitler and Mussolini now allies – leaders of the Axis powers – Italy’s North African colonies became enemy territory.BBC (Aug 8, 2015)

defending a region from intruders

A mammal in the wilderness experiences the thrill of the hunt, procreation, killing, territorial battles.Time (Jul 13, 2015)

make land into level shelves, as for cultivation

They are built on about six terraced levels of the mountain, with startling views of the valley and down to the rushing river below.New York Times (Aug 6, 2015)

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly

But the visitor could not convey celestial realities to terrene minds.Lind-af-Hageby, L. (Lizzy)

any of several breeds of small, short-bodied dog

Using your Yorkshire terrier as a guest towel should probably be a last resort.Washington Post (Jun 24, 2015)

transparent container in which plants and animals are kept

The participants were then asked to gradually approach a tarantula in a terrarium but, on average, could get no closer than 10 feet.US News (May 22, 2012)

level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart

Our artillery harassed them from the ramparts also although the trenches and terrepleins did not allow us to do them much harm.Robertson, James Alexander
terra firma

the solid part of the earth’s surface

In all this we are in the wonderland of myth, not the terra firma of history.MacCulloch, J. A.
terra cotta

a hard unglazed brownish-red earthenware

For a cheap toad house, turn a small terra cotta pot on its side, and bury it partially into the dirt.US News (May 11, 2015)
terra incognita

an unknown and unexplored region

Possibly more than any other populated place on the globe, North Korea is terra incognita.Washington Times (Oct 23, 2014)

originating, located, or occurring outside Earth

There will be no aliens poking forth from bellies or monument-blasting battles with extraterrestrials; it’s just about us humans.Washington Times (Oct 30, 2014)

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