tellurian

tellurian

1 [te-loor-ee-uhn]

Origin:
1840–50; < Latin tellūr- (stem of tellūs) earth + -ian

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tellurian

2 [te-loor-ee-uhn]
noun
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tellurian (tɛˈlʊərɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the earth
 
n
2.  (esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth
 
[C19: from Latin tellūs the earth]

tellurion or tellurian (tɛˈlʊərɪən)
 
n
an instrument that shows how day and night and the seasons result from the tilt of the earth, its rotation on its axis, and its revolution around the sun
 
[C19: from Latin tellūs the earth]
 
tellurian or tellurian
 
n
 
[C19: from Latin tellūs the earth]

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tellurian
"pertaining to the earth," 1846, from L. tellus (gen. telluris) "earth," from PIE base *tel- "ground, floor" (cf. Lith. telinat "spread out, flat," Skt. talam "plain, sole of the foot," O.C.S. tilo "floor," Gk. telia "dice board," O.Ir. talam "earth," O.N. þilja "plank"). The chemical telluride
is attested from 1849.
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