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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tellurian

\te-LOOR-ee-uhn\ , adjective, noun;
1.
Of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants.
noun:
1.
An inhabitant of the earth.
Quotes:
We must keep in mind that we are, or should I say have become, hybrid personae, part tellurian, and part extraterrestrial.
-- Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber, Universe 3
What special affinities appeared to him to exist between the moon and woman? Her antiquity in preceding and surviving successive tellurian generations…
-- James Joyce, Ulysses
Origin:
Tellurian was first used by Thomas DeQuincy in 1846, even though it has classical Latin roots literally meaning "one of the earth."
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