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From Proto-Indo-European *telh₂-o- (ground), from Proto-Indo-European *telh₂- (to bear, carry). Compare Ancient Greek τλάντος (tlántos, bearing, suffering), τολμέω (tolméō, to carry, bear), τελαμών (telamṓn, broad strap for bearing something), Ἄτλας (Átlas, the 'Bearer' of Heaven), Lithuanian tiltas (bridge), Sanskrit तुला (tulā, balance), तुलयति (tulayati, lifts up, weighs), Latin tollō (to bear, support), tulī (I bore), tolerō (to bear, endure), lātus (borne), Old English þolian (to endure) (English thole), Old Armenian թողում (tʿołum, I allow).



tellūs f (genitive tellūris); third declension

  1. earth, ground
  2. the Earth, globe
  3. land, country


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative tellūs tellūrēs
genitive tellūris tellūrum
dative tellūrī tellūribus
accusative tellūrem tellūrēs
ablative tellūre tellūribus
vocative tellūs tellūrēs

Derived terms[edit]


  • Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
  • tellus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.