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earthling

[urth-ling] /ˈɜrθ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
an inhabitant of earth; mortal.
2.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; earth + -ling1
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earthling

/ˈɜːθlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(esp in poetry or science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth; human being
Word Origin
C16: from earth + ling1
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Word Origin and History for earthlings
earthling
O.E. eyrþling "plowman" (see earth); the sense of "inhabitant of the earth" is from 1590s. Earthman was originally (1860) "a demon who lives in the earth;" science fiction sense of "inhabitant of the planet Earth" first attested 1949 in writing of Robert Heinlein.
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