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tellurian1

[te-loo r-ee-uh n] /tɛˈlʊər i ən/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.
noun
2.
an inhabitant of the earth.
Origin of tellurian1
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin tellūr- (stem of tellūs) earth + -ian

tellurian2

[te-loo r-ee-uh n] /tɛˈlʊər i ən/
noun
1.
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  • Roger is undoubtedly of tellurian parentage, and the story is that his father was a moon-pirate, his mother a Greek adventuress.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Jim, what are the tellurian figures for exactly five hundred miles up?

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Truly you have made a notable achievement in science, tellurian friends, and we congratulate you upon its accomplishment.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • As an old tellurian saying hath it, 'you're altogether too big for your britches.'

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • They were asexual: sexless to a degree unapproached by any form of tellurian life higher than the yeasts.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Another Arpalone appeared, indistinguishable to tellurian eyes from any one of the others.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Garlock and Belle began systematically to explore the tellurian Region.

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  • She appeared to be about twenty years—tellurian equivalent—old; he was probably twenty-three or twenty-four.

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  • Including the tellurian and the Margonian, we now have forty-eight regions defined.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for tellurian

tellurian

/tɛˈlʊərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the earth
noun
2.
(esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth
Word Origin
C19: from Latin tellūs the earth
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Word Origin and History for tellurian
adj.

"pertaining to the earth," 1846, from Latin tellus (genitive telluris) "earth," from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor" (cf. Lithuanian telinat "spread out, flat," Sanskrit talam "plain, sole of the foot," Old Church Slavonic tilo "floor," Greek telia "dice board," Old Irish talam "earth," Old Norse þilja "plank"). The chemical telluride is attested from 1849.

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