from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Composed of land and water.

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  • adj. Comprising both land and water, like the Earth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of land and water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of land and water, as the globe or earth.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots + aqueous.

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Latin terra (the earth) + aqueous (the water).


  • "Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon."

    The Lovecraft News Network

  • This is plainly the end of this miserable terraqueous globe!

    Les Miserables

  • If the name attaches only to one pleasure always permanent, or a continued although varied range of delicious enjoyment, then happiness belongs not to this terraqueous globe.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Thus, then, two new oceans are requisite to cover the terraqueous globe merely to the depth of five hundred feet.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Thus he explains the tides by the attraction of the terraqueous globe towards the moon, which to him does not appear odd or anomalous, but only a particular example of a general rule or law of nature.

    A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, by George Berkeley

  • In the middle of this Ptolemaic cosmos the spherical earth, or rather terraqueous sphere, rested immovable.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • "Very far," said Don Quixote, "for of the three hundred and sixty degrees that this terraqueous globe contains, as computed by Ptolemy, the greatest cosmographer known, we shall have traveled one-half when we come to the line I spoke of."

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • These sloughs wind through an immense timbered swamp, and constitute a terraqueous labyrinth of such intricacy, that unskilful and inexperienced navigators have been lost for many days in it, and some,

    What I Saw in California

  • The aërial ocean is such open-work, that these infinitesimal billows are not much, though somewhat, broken by it; but when they reach the terraqueous globe itself, they dash into foam which goes whirling and eddying down into solids and liquids, among their wild caverns of ultra-microscopic littleness, and this foam or whirl-storm of ethereal substance is heat, if we are not much mistaken.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • Too subtly she will lay fascinations upon man; and it will need all the anguish of disease, and the stings of death, to unloose the ties which, in coming ages, must bind the hearts of her children to this Eden of the terraqueous globe.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843


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  • "Nor can I say, that mankind have been more happy in their civil lot, and in the administration of their temporal affairs; which are almost every where in a wretched situation, and they themselves under the iron hand of the oppressor. The whole terraqueous globe cannot shew five free kingdoms; nor perhaps half so many kings, who make the ease and prosperity of their people their care."

    --Cato's Letter No. 48

    December 24, 2008

  • It is indeed a slick, lovely word. Here's a usage I just found:

    "'...why, you are tempted to ask yourself whether these are not mere irresponsible childish fribbles...'

    "'Fribble yourself,' murmured the gunroom steward the other side of the door...

    "'...or weathercocks. But then you reflect that these same people circumnavigate the entire terraqueous globe, sometimes in trying circumstances, which argues a certain constancy.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 259

    February 23, 2008

  • Nice! I like it!

    September 30, 2007

  • Beautiful word yarb. Composed of land and water.

    September 30, 2007

  • Yes, the terraqueous globe!

    September 29, 2007