Terrestrial definition

tə-rĕstrē-əl
(biology) Living or growing on land or on or in the ground; not aquatic, arboreal, or epiphytic.

Terrestrial mammals; terrestrial apes; terrestrial orchids.

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(archaic) Of or relating to the earth rather than heaven.
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An inhabitant of the earth.
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Of this world; worldly; earthly; mundane.
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Transmitted from structures on the earth and not involving satellites.

Terrestrial radio.

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Of, constituting, or representing the earth.

A terrestrial globe.

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Growing on land or in the soil.
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An inhabitant of the earth.
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Concerned with the world or worldly matters.
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Of the four small, rocky inner planets of the solar system, specif. Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
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(astronomy) Similar to the planet earth in size or composition.

Terrestrial planets.

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Terrestrial means relating to the earth or those who live there.

An example of a terrestrial being is an animal.

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The definition of a terrestrial is someone who lives on Earth.

An example of a terrestrial is a person who lives on the planet.

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Consisting of land as distinguished from water.
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Living on land rather than in water, in the air, in trees, etc.
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Of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants.
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Relating to, living on, or growing on land.
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(botany) A ground-dwelling plant.
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Of, relating to, or inhabiting the land of the Earth or its inhabitants.
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Of, relating to, or composed of land.
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Living or growing in or on land (as opposed to other habitat); not aquatic, etc.

A terrestrial plant.

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(astronomy) Of a planet, being composed primarily of silicate rocks or metals; see also terrestrial planet.
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(Mormonism) Of or pertaining to the second highest degree of glory.
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(broadcasting) Broadcast using radio waves as opposed to satellite or cable.
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Of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants.
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(biology) Living or growing on land or on or in the ground; not aquatic, arboreal, or epiphytic.

Terrestrial mammals; terrestrial apes; terrestrial orchids.

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Relating to Earth or its inhabitants.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
terrestrial
Plural:
terrestrials

Origin of terrestrial

  • Middle English from Latin terrestris from terra earth ters- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin terrestris, from terra (“land, earth, ground").

    From Wiktionary