Word of the Day: SUPERTERRESTRIAL

Su`per`ter`res´tri`al

a. 1. Being above the earth, or above what belongs to the earth.
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.
Word Origin and History for terrestrial

terrestrial

adj.

early 15c., from Latin terrestris “earthly,” from terra “earth” (see terrain ). Originally opposed to celestial ; natural history sense of “living on land” is attested from 1630s. The noun meaning “a human being, a mortal” is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples

H.L. Mencken, “DAMN! A Book of Calumny”, pg. 15

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