Definition of telluric in English:



  • 1Of the earth as a planet.

    • ‘Let's see, and we also call this period the Anthropogene, the era in which mankind's activities became a ‘new telluric force which in power and universality may be compared to the greater forces of earth’.’
    • ‘Yet Hepworth consistently professed a Romantic attitude of emotional affinity with nature, speaking of carving both as a ‘biological necessity’ and as an ‘extension of the telluric forces which mould the landscape’.’
    • ‘These stones, or these steeples, are working in tandem with the earth's telluric energies coming up from the wells.’
    • ‘It became increasingly obvious that this was the secret of the ancients - they used this natural telluric energy, focusing it in certain places, for their own purposes.’
    • ‘The aim was to detect long-term abnormal changes of the telluric field, which were possibly related to imbedding earthquakes.’
    1. 1.1Of the soil.
      • ‘I do not experiment with telluric energies or sacred geometry.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin tellus, tellur- earth + -ic.