telluric

1
[te-loo r-ik]
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Origin of telluric

1
1830–40; < Latin tellūr- (stem of tellūs) earth + -ic

telluric

2
[te-loo r-ik]
adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or containing tellurium, especially in the hexavalent state.
  2. containing tellurium in a higher valence state than the corresponding tellurous compound.

Origin of telluric

2
First recorded in 1790–1800; tellur(ium) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for telluric

telluric

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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or originating on or in the earth or soil; terrestrial, esp in reference to natural electrical or magnetic fields
  2. 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

Word Origin for telluric

C19: from Latin tellūs the earth

telluric

2
adjective
  1. of or containing tellurium, esp in a high valence state

Word Origin for telluric

C20: from tellur (ium) + -ic
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Word Origin and History for telluric
adj.

"pertaining to Earth as a planet," 1836, from Latin tellurem "the earth" (see tellurian) + -ic.

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telluric in Medicine

telluric

[tĕ-lurĭk]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to Earth; terrestrial.
  2. Derived from or containing tellurium, especially with valence 6.
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