chthonian

[thoh-nee-uh n]
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Also chthon·ic [thon-ik] /ˈθɒn ɪk/.

Origin of chthonian

1840–50; < Greek chthóni(os) (chthon-, stem of chthṓn earth + -ios adj. suffix) + -an; akin to Latin humus earth (see humus)
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chthonian

chthonic (ˈθɒnɪk)

adjective
  1. of or relating to the underworld

Word Origin for chthonian

C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth
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Word Origin and History for chthonian
adj.

1804, from Latinized form of Greek khthonios (see chthonic) + -an.

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