- of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.
- an inhabitant of the earth.
- of or relating to the earth
- (esp in science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth
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.