terra firma

terra firma c.1600, "part of the Italian mainland ruled by Venice," from Mod.L. terra firma, lit. "firm land," from L. terra "earth, land" (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)) + firma "firm," fem. of firmus (see FIRM (Cf. firm) (adj.)). Meaning "the land" (as distinct from "the sea") is first attested 1690s.

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