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Aug 13, 2015
This week’s theme
Words related to space

This week’s words
saturnalia
meteoric
venery
tellurian
constellate

Tellus, the goddess
of the earth
Tellus (detail from a panel of the Ara Pacis, Rome)
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tellurian

PRONUNCIATION:
(te-LOOR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to or inhabiting Earth.
noun: An inhabitant of Earth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin tellus (earth). Tellus, also known as Terra, was the goddess of the earth in Roman mythology. Earliest documented use: 1846.

USAGE:
“Life without him was less imaginable than a tellurian’s camping-tent on a mountain in the moon.”
Vladimir Nabokov; The Real Life of Sebastian Knight; New Directions Publishers; 1941.

“We Tellurians, or Earth-dwellers, have always wondered about the existence of life on other worlds.”
Howard Williams; Book Briefs; The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand); Sep 29, 2007.

See more usage examples of tellurian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself. -Felix Adler, professor, lecturer, and reformer (13 Aug 1851-1933)

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