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tellurian (te-LOOR-ee-uhn) adjective

Of, relating to, or inhabiting Earth.

noun

1. An inhabitant of Earth; a terrestrial.

2. Variant of tellurion, an apparatus that shows how the movement of Earth on its axis and around the sun causes day and night and the seasons.

[Latin tellur- (stem of tellus) earth + -ian]

"She hypostatized, becoming a vessel for the containment of spirit. Thus, the once integrated earthly being, whose relationship with both tellurian and heavenly realms had been fluid and balanced, was transformed into a strictly celestial force." Knapp, Bettina, The archetypal woman fulfilled: Isis, harmony of flesh/spirit/logos., Symposium, 1 Mar 1996.

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