- of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.
- an inhabitant of the earth.
Origin of tellurian1
Related Wordsterrestrial, secular, material, terrene, human, mortal, telluric, temporal, carnal, corporeal, earthbound, earthen, earthy, global, mundane, physical, profane, worldly, alluvial, subastral
Examples from the Web for tellurian
As an old Tellurian saying hath it, 'you're altogether too big for your britches.'
Jim, what are the Tellurian figures for exactly five hundred miles up?
Garlock and Belle began systematically to explore the Tellurian Region.
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.
- of or relating to the earth
- (esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth
Word Origin and History for tellurian
"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.