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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Definitions for terraqueous

  1. consisting of land and water, as the earth.

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Citations for terraqueous
Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on this terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon. H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine Cones, October 1919
… strange birds from behind the North Pole began to arrive silently on the upland of Flintcomb-Ash; gaunt spectral creatures with tragical eyes--eyes which had witnessed scenes of cataclysmal horror in inaccessible polar regions of a magnitude such as no human being had ever conceived, in curdling temperatures that no man could endure; which had beheld the crash of icebergs and the slide of snow-hills by the shooting light of the Aurora; been half blinded by the whirl of colossal storms and terraqueous distortions … Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, 1891
Origin of terraqueous
Terraqueous is formed from the Latin terra meaning "earth" and aqueous meaning "of, like, or containing water; watery." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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