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View synonyms for telluric

telluric

1

[ te-loor-ik ]

adjective

  1. of or relating to the earth; terrestrial.
  2. of or proceeding from the earth or soil.


telluric

2

[ te-loor-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.

telluric

1

/ tɛˈlʊərɪk /

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


telluric

2

/ tɛˈlʊərɪk /

adjective

  1. of or containing tellurium, esp in a high valence state
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Word History and Origins

Origin of telluric1

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

Origin of telluric2

First recorded in 1790–1800; tellur(ium) + -ic
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Word History and Origins

Origin of telluric1

C19: from Latin tellūs the earth

Origin of telluric2

C20: from tellur ( ium ) + -ic
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Example Sentences

Was the phenomenon of telluric origin—Etna or an earthquake?

The nitric acid used should be free from hydrochloric, sulphuric, iodic and telluric acids.

Telluric acid is reduced to tellurous (with evolution of chlorine) on boiling with hydrochloric acid.

But the theory of telluric origin of aerolites was by no means so easily disposed of.

In China, the hare is viewed as a telluric genius in one province, and everywhere as a divine animal.

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