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Moby Dick
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terra firma -- (Latin)
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Moby Dick
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  • For not only do fabulous rumors naturally grow out of the very body of all surprising terrible events,—as the smitten tree gives birth to its fungi; but, in maritime life, far more than in that of terra firma, wild rumors abound, wherever there is any adequate reality for them to cling to.

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  • When the elevator thumped to a stop, Langdon was relieved to feel terra firma beneath his feet.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • God Almighty, I’m glad I’m right here on old terra firma.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles

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