August 28, 2016
- terrestrial (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : of or relating to earth or its living things2 a : of or relating to land as distinct from air or water b : living on or in or growing from land
- How do you use it?
- Bears, deer, and antelope are terrestrial animals, while whales, sharks, and fish are aquatic creatures.
- Are you a word wiz?
The words "terrestrial," "terrier," "terrarium," and "terrace" certainly look alike. What do you think they have in common?What do "terrier," "terrarium," and "terrace" have in common with "terrestrial"? Terra firma! All of those words derive from the Latin root "terra," which means "earth." A "terrier" is a dog bred to dig into holes other animals burrow in the earth, a "terrarium" is an enclosed garden, and a "terrace" is a raised flat area of land. Of course, "terrestrial" can refer to anything on or from the earth, and "extraterrestrial" describes things (or science fiction creatures) that come from outside of the earth, that is, from outer space.