- of or relating to the earth; terrestrial.
- of or proceeding from the earth or soil.
Origin of telluric1
1830–40; < Latin tellūr- (stem of tellūs) earth + -ic
Origin of telluric2
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Examples from the Web for telluric
Was the phenomenon of telluric origin—Etna or an earthquake?Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
Well, we are here in the stronghold of these telluric forces.
I have heard it ascribed to “telluric influence,” but that is a wide and vague expression.The Inhabitants of the Philippines
Frederic H. Sawyer
Although it has but a feeble attraction for bases, telluric acid forms salts which are called tellurates.
This telluric anhydride (TeO3) is entirely insoluble in water, nitric and hydrochloric acids, and alkaline solutions.
- of, relating to, or originating on or in the earth or soil; terrestrial, esp in reference to natural electrical or magnetic fields
- astronomy (of spectral lines or bands) observed in the spectra of celestial objects and caused by oxygen, water vapour, and carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere
C19: from Latin tellūs the earth
- of or containing tellurium, esp in a high valence state
C20: from tellur (ium) + -ic
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Word Origin and History for telluric
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to Earth; terrestrial.
- Derived from or containing tellurium, especially with valence 6.
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