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 for terra firma
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     Terrae 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
     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
     Terra ponderosa [L., ponderous earth] (Min.), barite, or
        heavy spar.
     Terra di Sienna. See Sienna.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  terra firma
      n 1: the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned
           away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth
           shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the
           ground" [syn: land, dry land, earth, ground, solid
           ground, terra firma]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "terra firma":
     acres, alluvion, alluvium, arable land, base, basement, basis,
     bearing wall, bed, bedding, bedrock, carpet, clay, clod, cover,
     crust, deck, dirt, dry land, dust, earth, floor, floor covering,
     flooring, fond, footing, foundation, freehold, fundament,
     fundamental, glebe, grassland, ground, grounds, groundwork,
     hardpan, land, landholdings, lithosphere, marginal land, marl,
     mold, parquet, pave, pavement, paving, principle, radical,
     real estate, real property, region, regolith, riprap, rock bottom,
     rudiment, seat, sill, sod, soil, solid ground, solid rock,
     stereobate, stylobate, subaerial deposit, subsoil, substratum,
     substruction, substructure, surfacing, terra, terrain, territory,
     the country, topsoil, underbuilding, undercarriage, undergirding,
     underpinning, understruction, understructure, woodland

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