terrestrial [tə res′trē əl]
[ME terrestrialle < L terrestris < terra,TERRA]
1. of this world; worldly; earthly; mundane
2. of, constituting, or representing the earth [a terrestrial globe]
3. consisting of land as distinguished from water
4. living on land rather than in water, in the air, in trees, etc.
5. growing on land or in the soil
6. of the four small, rocky inner planets of the solar system, specif. Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars: cf. JOVIAN (sense 3)
an inhabitant of the earth

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  • Terrestrial — Ter*res tri*al, n. An inhabitant of the earth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terrestrial — index mundane Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • terrestrial — early 15c., from L. terrestris earthly, from terra earth (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)). Originally opposed to celestial; natural history sense of living on land is attested from 1630s. The noun meaning a human being, a mortal is recorded from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • terrestrial — *earthly, earthy, mundane, worldly, sublunary Antonyms: celestial …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • terrestrial — [adj] earthly earthbound, earthlike, earthy, global, mundane, physical, profane, prosaic, secular, sublunary, subsolar, telluric, temporal, terrene, uncelestial, unspiritual, worldly; concept 536 Ant. cosmic, heavenly, otherworldly …   New thesaurus

  • terrestrial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, on, or relating to the earth or dry land. 2) (of an animal or plant) living on or in the ground. 3) (of television broadcasting) using ground based equipment rather than a satellite. ► NOUN ▪ an inhabitant of the earth.… …   English terms dictionary

  • terrestrial — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin terrestris, from terra earth more at terrace Date: 15th century 1. a. of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants < terrestrial magnetism > b. mundane in scope or character ; prosaic 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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