terr-, terra-, -ter

(Latin: earth, dry land, land)

This unit presents many words that are used in references having to do with earth and land; that is, the loose, fragmented material that composes part of the surface of this planet that we live on.

Don't confuse this element with other words that are spelled in a similar way; such as, terrify, terrible.

Terramycin ™
This trade name is an antibiotic that owes its name to the fact that it was isolated from a soil mold.
1. A series of related rock formations.
2. An area having a proponderance of a particular rock or rock groups.
3. A section of the Earth's crust that is defined by clear fault boundaries, with stratigraphic and structural properties that distinguish it from adjacent rocks.
Pertaining to, or living on, the land or ground surface; terrestrial.
terraqueous (adjective), more terraqueous, most terraqueous
Referring to land and water; as, the earth is a terraqueous globe.

This reference is given as a description of the earth's surface, of which more than three fifths consist of water, and the remainder of earth or solid materials.

The world's population is expected to double its current five billion by the year 2010. By then, a very large number of people will probably be facing severe drought. Globally, there is enough fresh water for twice the estimated population. The problem is that the water is not in the right places.
Facts & Fallacies, Reader's Digest, Association, Inc., 1988.
terrarium (s) (noun), terraria (pl)
1. A small enclosure or closed container in which selected living plants and sometimes a vivarium for small land animals; such as, turtles and lizards, are kept and observed in a simulated natural environment; as distinguished from an aquarium for aquatic animals: The teacher arranged for someone to take care of the terrarium during the holidays and to water the various plants which grew in it.
2. A sealed glass container often in the shape of a globe that is used for growing ornamental plants that require a high level of humidity: Dina's aunt had two large terraria in which she grew exotic plants in her solarium.
3. Etymology: from Latin terra, "earth" and modeled on aquarium; because it was designed as a place for land animals instead of water creatures.
Terras irradient.
They will enlighten [many] lands.

Motto of Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Also translated as, "Let them illuminate the lands." Also, "May they illumine the earth."

A type of mosaic used as a floor or wall covering that is made by laying marble or stone chips in mortar and grinding them to a polished level surface [Early 20th century, from Italian, "terrace".].
Terre Haute (Indiana)
1. City in western Indiana, on the eastern bank of the Wabash River, northwest of Bloomington and southwest of Indianapolis.
2. Literally, haute "elevated, upper" or "high" and terre "land" ["High Land" or "Upper Land"?].
A magnetic model of the earth.
Seismic motion or activity.
1. Of or relating to Earth; earthly.
2. Of the Earth; earthly; worldly; mundane
Consisting of earth; earthy; as, terreous substances; terreous particles.
1. A platform or level ground surface on which heavy guns are mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart.
2. The top of a rampart where guns are mounted.
1. Pertaining to, or living habitually on, the land or ground surface.
2. Living or developing in or on the land.
3. Of or relating to the land or to the planet Earth.
4. Of or relating to Earth or its inhabitants.
5. Having a worldly, mundane character or quality.
6. Of, relating to, or composed of land.
7. In biology, living or growing on land; not aquatic; such as, a terrestrial plant or animal.
8. About 1432, from Latin terrestris "earthly", from terra "earth". Originally opposed to celestial; natural history sense of "living on land" is attested from 1638. The noun meaning "a human being, a mortal" is recorded from 1598.
terrestrial carbon
Carbon that is contained in vegetation and soil.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; pel-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-.