Earth

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Earth's astronomical symbol
The Earth

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From Middle English erthe, from Old English eorþe (earth; Earth), from Proto-Germanic *erþō (earth), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁er- (earth). More at earth.

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Earth (plural Earths)

  1. The third planet of the Solar System; the world upon which humans live.
    • 2012, Ken Adams, Earth 2... It's Where You Go When You Die
      It's my theory that we'll keep being reborn on as many Earths as it takes until every person gets it exactly right from the moment they are born until the moment they die.
    • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:Earth.
  2. The personification of the Earth or earth, (chiefly) as a fertile woman or (religion) goddess.

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The capitalized form usually occurs when it is contrasted with the names of other celestial bodies or realms:

From the Earth to the Moon
What is the distance between Earth and Mars?

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