- growing on land; not aquatic.
- growing in the ground; not epiphytic or aerial.
Origin of terrestrial
Examples from the Web for terrestrial
This is especially true of the ocean, where impacts are less obvious than for terrestrial systems.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail|Sylvia A. Earle|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the critic Dave Hickey famously said, let art be “frivolous” enough to move us at a terrestrial level.
The license from 2005 for LightSquared was explicitly for phones that used both satellite and terrestrial networks.
“In January the commission said LightSquared could use its license for exclusive terrestrial purposes,” he said.
Terrestrial things do not last so long as celestial ones, ii.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
In it we see what our own planet must have been in its primordial epoch, in the pristine times of terrestrial genesis.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion
He was terrestrial in respect to condition, and yet celestial, both in respect of character and enjoyments.The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences|Edward Hitchcock
I can only compare these great aquatic forests of the southern hemisphere, with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical regions.The Romance of Natural History, Second Series|Philip Henry Gosse
It might be that they have had a development similar to terrestrial insects with the skeleton of armor enclosing their flesh.The Revolt of the Star Men|Raymond Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for terrestrial
Word Origin for terrestrial
Word Origin and History for terrestrial
early 15c., from Latin terrestris "earthly," from terra "earth" (see terrain). Originally opposed to celestial; natural history sense of "living on land" is attested from 1630s. The noun meaning "a human being, a mortal" is recorded from 1590s.