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tellurian

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[ te-loo r-ee-uh n ]
/ tɛˈlʊər i ən /
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adjective

of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.

noun

an inhabitant of the earth.

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Nearby words

telling-off, tellingly, telloh, telltale, tellurate, tellurian, telluric, telluric acid, telluride, tellurion, tellurite

Origin of tellurian

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

Definition for tellurian (2 of 2)

tellurian

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[ te-loo r-ee-uh n ]
/ tɛˈlʊər i ən /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tellurian

tellurian

/ (tɛˈlʊərɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to the earth

noun

(esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth

Word Origin for tellurian

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

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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