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

  • adj. Living on or in the ground: terricolous worms.

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  • adj. Living in on, or near ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Terrestrial; inhabiting the ground; not aquatic or aërial; specifically, belonging to the Terricolæ.
  • In botany, same as terricole.


From Latin terricola, earth-dweller : terra, earth; + -cola, -colous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "Critics and friends had already rebuked him for his honeyed volubility, and also that "nothing to say" which the terricolous Hardy suspected lay behind his ponderous, Tyrian diction."
    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 52

    September 16, 2013

  • Living on or in the ground.

    Free dictionary

    July 13, 2008

  • down to earth???

    September 29, 2007