adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin terrestris, from terra earth — more at terrace Date: 15th century 1. a. of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants <
terrestrial magnetism
b. mundane in scope or character ; prosaic 2. a. of or relating to land as distinct from air or water <
terrestrial transportation
b. (1) living on or in or growing from land <
terrestrial plants
terrestrial birds
(2) of or relating to terrestrial organisms <
terrestrial habits
3. belonging to the class of planets that are like the earth (as in density and silicate composition) <
the terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars
terrestrial nounterrestrially adverb

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