Meaning of Terra Australis Incognita in English:

Terra Australis Incognita

Pronunciation /ˈtɛrə ɒˈstrɑːlɪs ɪnkɒɡˈniːtə/

proper noun

  • The name given by early European map-makers to a land mass presumed to exist south of the known world.

    • ‘Cook was told to take possession of Terra Australis Incognita’


Early 17th century Latin, ‘unknown southern land’.