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: of, relating to, or characteristic of the earth
the newly discovered tellurian genusT. H. Huxley
great collective forces of instinct, resentment and tellurian inspirationJacques Maritain


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noun (1)

plural -s
: a dweller on the earth


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noun (2)

variants or tellurion
plural -s
: an apparatus to illustrate the causation of day and night by the rotation of the earth on its axis and the dependence of the seasons on the sun's declination

Word History



tellur- + -ian

Noun (2)

tellurian modification of New Latin tellurion; tellurion, New Latin, from tellur- + Greek -ion, diminutive suffix

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“Tellurian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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