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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.
- Pertaining to the Earth, earthly
- (chemistry) Containing tellurium in a lower valency than in tellurous compounds.
pertaining to the Earth
containing tellurium in a lower valency than in tellurous compounds