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[mahr-shuh n] /ˈmɑr ʃən/
of, relating to, or like the planet Mars or its hypothetical inhabitants.
a supposed inhabitant of the planet Mars:
The science-fiction novel was about the invasion of our planet by Martians.
Origin of Martian
1350-1400; Middle English marcien < Latin Mārti(us) of, belonging to Mars (see March) + -an
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trans-Martian, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was one where all Earth's centuries of experience with bacteria would be valueless—the first Martian disease.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • An ancient Martian woman sat in a rocking chair in the shade of the porch.

  • The language was Martian, a dialect principally used in Ferrok-Shahn.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Let me tell you, the Martian government is itself corrupted.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • Fats plucked a sheaf of Martian bank notes from his pocket and tossed them to the croupier.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for Martian


of, occurring on, or relating to the planet Mars
an inhabitant of Mars, esp in science fiction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Martian

late 14c., marcien "of the planet Mars" (originally in reference to astrological influence), from Latin Martius "sacred to Mars; pertaining to the planet Mars," from Mars (genitive Martis). The noun meaning "an inhabitant of the planet Mars" is attested from 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Martian in Technology

Packets that turn up unexpectedly on the wrong network because of bogus routing entries. Also a packet which has an altogether bogus (non-registered or ill-formed) internet address, such as the test loopback interface []. Such a packet will come back labelled with a source address that is clearly not of this earth. "The domain server is getting lots of packets from Mars. Does that gateway have a martian filter?"
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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