Ter*res"tri*al (?), a. [L. terrestris, from terra the earth. See Terrace.]


Of or pertaining to the earth; existing on the earth; earthly; as, terrestrial animals.

"Bodies terrestrial."

1 Cor. xv. 40.


Representing, or consisting of, the earth; as, a terrestrial globe.

"The dark terrestrial ball."



Of or pertaining to the world, or to the present state; sublunary; mundane.

Vain labors of terrestrial wit. Spenser.

A genius bright and base, Of towering talents, and terrestrial aims. Young.


Consisting of land, in distinction from water; belonging to, or inhabiting, the land or ground, in distinction from trees, water, or the like; as, terrestrial serpents.

The terrestrial parts of the globe. Woodward.


Adapted for the observation of objects on land and on the earth; as, a terrestrial telescope, in distinction from an astronomical telescope.

-- Ter*res"tri*al*ly, adv. -- Ter*res"tri*al*ness, n.


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Ter*res"tri*al, n.

An inhabitant of the earth.


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