telluric

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A calque of French tellurique, from Latin tellus (earth; earthy) and Tellus (Earth, Gaia) and -ique (forming adjectives). Subsequently also from tellurium, originally in telluric oxide as a calque of German Telluroxyd.

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telluric (comparative more telluric, superlative most telluric)

  1. Pertaining to the Earth, earthly
  2. (chemistry) Containing tellurium in a lower valency than in tellurous compounds.

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