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1Existing below or beneath a heavenly or ethereal realm; material (as opposed to ethereal). Now rare or historical.
2In weakened sense: earthly, mundane, inferior. Compare "sublunary". Now rare (chiefly archaic and poetic).
3Astronomy. Situated or occurring beneath the celestial sphere, specifically on the earth directly beneath the zenith.
A subcelestial entity or being. Also (with the): such beings collectively.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From sub- + celestial.
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