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"of or pertaining to the planet Earth," 1881, in science fiction writing, from Latin terra (see terrain). Also used as a noun meaning "inhabitant of the Earth" (1953). An earlier form, terrene was used in Middle English in sense of "belonging to this world, earthly, secular, temporal" (c.1300), later, "of the Earth as a planet" (1630s).

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  • When the terran did not reach for it, the officer held out a clawed hand to receive it.

    Exile Horace Brown Fyfe
  • A nuisance on Balera, which is the equivalent of a terran swamp.

    Join Our Gang? Sterling E. Lanier
  • At last the remains of the battered terran fleet turned and limped toward Armundefeated.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • If the Ardans could stop them, no terran need ever know anything about them.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The terran was jerked from his feet, and flung to one side with the force of the beast's reaction.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • The Idealists were of an anthropomorphic race, dark-skinned like the terran Indian.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • There had to be some way a terran could move effectively against a beetle-head.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • "I have studied terran physiology," he admitted complacently.

    Exile Horace Brown Fyfe
  • When the terran flyer came into sight, Raf left the party and hurried toward it.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • Kinton, disturbed, tried to remember whether he had spoken in terran or Tepoktan.

    Exile Horace Brown Fyfe

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