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From Proto-Indo-European *telh₂-o- (ground), from Proto-Indo-European *telh₂- (to bear, carry).

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tellūs f (genitive tellūris); third declension

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


Third declension.

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


Derived terms[edit]


  • tellus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tellus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “tellus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • tellus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • tellus in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • tellus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tellus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill