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.

terrestrial electricity
A collective term for all natural electrical phenomena of the earth, including atmospheric electricity.
terrestrial energy
Radiant energy emitted by the earth, including its atmosphere.
terrestrial planet
Any of the four planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, or Mars; that are nearest the sun and have similar size and density.
terrestrial radiation
1. Electronmagnetic radiation originating from earth and its atmosphere.
2. The total infrared energy emitted by the earth and its atmosphere, measured at wavelengths that are determined by their temperature.
3. The radiation that is emitted by naturally occurring radioactive materials in the earth; such as, uranium, thorium, and radon.
terrestrially
1. A reference to a land environment.
2. In a worldly manner.
terrestrialness
1. Relating to the earth or its inhabitants.
2. Having a worldly, mundane character or quality.
3. Relating to, or composed of land.
4. In biology, living or growing on land; not aquatic.
terrevert, terre-vert
A soft green earth of varying composition used as a pigment; especially, that which is obtained from Italy (Verona), Cyprus, and France; equals celadonite [green earth of Verona; a hydrous silicate of iron and potassium] or green earth, a variety of glauconite [hydrous silicate of iron, potassium, and other bases, commonly called green earth].
terricole (verb), terricoles; terricoled; terricoling: soil, ground
Living on or in soil; a reference to organisms that spend most of their active lives in the ground; not aquatic or not up in the air; such as, earthworms, etc.
terricoline (adjective), more terricoline, most terricoline
Relating to forms of life that are growing on (dry) ground or earth.
terricolous (adjective), more terricolous, most terricolous
A reference to organisms that spend most of their active lives on the ground or in the soil.
terriculture
Cultivating the ground or earth; agriculture.
terrier
1. Any of several usually small short-bodied breeds of dogs originally trained to hunt animals living underground.
2. About 1440, from Old French chien terrier "terrier dog", literally, "earth dog," from Middle Latin terrarius "of earth," from Latin terra "earth". So called because the dogs pursued their quarry (foxes, badgers, etc.) into their burrows.
terrigenous
1. Derived from the land; especially, by erosive action.

Primarily a reference to sediments, or deposits that originated from the land.

2. Produced on land.
3. Produced by the land.
terriginous
1. Earth-born.
2. Derived from the land.
terrine
An earthenware dish for cooking and serving food.

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-.