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Telluric

telluric
1. Of or pertaining to the earth; proceeding from the earth. Amid these hot, telluric flames. (Carlyle)
2. (Science: chemistry) Of or pertaining to tellurium; derived from, or resembling, tellurium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with tellurous compounds; as, telluric acid, which is analogous to sulphuric acid.
(Science: chemical) Telluric bismuth, hessite.
Origin: L. Tellus, -uris, the earth: cf. F. Tellurique.


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