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tellurian1

[te-loo r-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.
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noun
  1. an inhabitant of the earth.
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Origin of tellurian1

1840–50; < Latin tellūr- (stem of tellūs) earth + -ian

tellurian2

[te-loo r-ee-uh n]
noun
  1. tellurion.
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Examples from the Web for tellurian

Historical Examples

  • As an old Tellurian saying hath it, 'you're altogether too big for your britches.'

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Jim, what are the Tellurian figures for exactly five hundred miles up?

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Garlock and Belle began systematically to explore the Tellurian Region.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Roger is undoubtedly of Tellurian parentage, and the story is that his father was a moon-pirate, his mother a Greek adventuress.

    Triplanetary

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Another Arpalone appeared, indistinguishable to Tellurian eyes from any one of the others.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for tellurian

tellurian

adjective
  1. of or relating to the earth
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noun
  1. (esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin tellūs the earth
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Word Origin and History for tellurian

adj.

"pertaining to the earth," 1846, from Latin tellus (genitive telluris) "earth," from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor" (cf. Lithuanian telinat "spread out, flat," Sanskrit talam "plain, sole of the foot," Old Church Slavonic tilo "floor," Greek telia "dice board," Old Irish talam "earth," Old Norse þilja "plank"). The chemical telluride is attested from 1849.

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