One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That is, lives, or takes place above or on the surface of the earth; of or relating to the region above ground. Chiefly in contrast with subterranean.
1A being or creature that dwells above ground or on the surface of the earth.
2With the. That which is above ground; the superterranean world or sphere.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in George Wharton (1617–1681), astrologer and royalist. From post-classical Latin superterraneus + -an, probably after subterranean. Compare earlier superterraneous and superterraneal.
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