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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.

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 & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tellus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • TELLUS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • tellus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: 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