Terra alba
Terra Ter"ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster]

{Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia. It is sometimes used to adulterate certain foods, spices, candies, paints, etc.

{Terra cotta}. [It., fr. terra earth + cotta, fem. of cotto cooked, L. coctus, p. p. of coquere to cook. See {Cook}, n.] Baked clay; a kind of hard pottery used for statues, architectural decorations, figures, vases, and the like.

{Terr[ae] filius} [L., son of the earth], formerly, one appointed to write a satirical Latin poem at the public acts in the University of Oxford; -- not unlike the prevaricator at Cambridge, England.

{Terra firma} [L.], firm or solid earth, as opposed to {water}.

{Terra Japonica}. [NL.] Same as {Gambier}. It was formerly supposed to be a kind of earth from Japan.

{Terra Lemnia} [L., Lemnian earth], Lemnian earth. See under {Lemnian}.

{Terra ponderosa} [L., ponderous earth] (Min.), barite, or heavy spar.

{Terra di Sienna}. See {Sienna}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • terra alba — [ter΄ə al′bə] n. [L, lit., white earth] any of several white mineral substances, as a) finely ground gypsum, used in making paints, paper, etc. b) pulverized kaolin, used in ceramics c) MAGNESIA (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • terra alba — /al beuh, awl / any of various white, earthy or powdery substances, as pipe clay, gypsum, kaolin, or magnesia. [1870 75; < L: white earth] * * * …   Universalium

  • terra alba — /tɛrə ˈælbə/ (say teruh albuh) noun any of various white, earthy or powdery substances as pipeclay, gypsum, kaolin, or magnesia. {Latin: white earth} …   Australian English dictionary

  • terra alba — n. a white mineral, esp. pipeclay or pulverized gypsum. Etymology: L, = white earth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apartment Piano Terra Alba Adriatica — (Альба Адриатика,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: 64011 Альба А …   Каталог отелей

  • Terra — Ter ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster] {Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terra cotta — Terra Ter ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster] {Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terra di Sienna — Terra Ter ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster] {Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terra firma — Terra Ter ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster] {Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terra Japonica — Terra Ter ra, n. [It. & L. See {Terrace}.] The earth; earth. [1913 Webster] {Terra alba} [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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