One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Existing or occurring beneath the stars or (in ancient and medieval cosmology) below the sphere of the fixed stars; (hence also) terrestrial, earthly.
2In various forms of mysticism: designating or relating to the lower part of the astral plane or realm.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Warburton (1698–1779), bishop of Gloucester and religious controversialist. From sub- + astral.
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