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Friday, November 19

Tellurian

[tə-LOO-ree-ən]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century

1.

Of or inhabiting the earth.

Examples of Tellurian in a sentence

"The sci-fi series featured only tellurian species."

"The tellurian beauty of the Earth from space is indescribable."

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About Tellurian

From the Latin, "tellur-" meaning earth, "tellurian" can be used as an adjective to describe something of the Earth, or as a noun to identify an inhabitant of Earth.

Did you Know?

When this word first appeared in English around the late 18th century, it was just an adjective used for things related to the earth. It has since been adopted by the sci-fi community to relate to species from the Earth, specifically as opposed to alien creatures.

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