extra terrestrial


outside, or originating outside, the limits of the earth.
an extraterrestrial being: a science fiction novel about extraterrestrials conquering the earth.

1865–70; extra- + terrestrial

extraterrestrially, adverb
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extraterrestrial (ˌɛkstrətɪˈrɛstrɪəl)
1.  occurring or existing beyond the earth's atmosphere
2.  (in science fiction) a being from beyond the earth's atmosphere

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1868 (adj.), 1963 (n.), from extra- + terrestrial.
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extraterrestrial   (ěk'strə-tə-rěs'trē-əl)  Pronunciation Key 
Originating, located, or occurring outside the Earth or its atmosphere.
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extraterrestrial [(ek-struh-tuh-res-tree-uhl)]

A descriptive term for things outside the Earth, such as possible civilizations outside the solar system, or objects, such as meteorites, that actually reach the Earth.

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