Earthy vs Terreous - What's the difference?

earthy | terreous |


As adjectives the difference between earthy and terreous

is that earthy is resembling dirt or soil (ie earth) while terreous is (obsolete) pertaining to earth, earthy.

earthy

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Resembling dirt or soil (i.e. earth).
  • The earthy smell of fresh turned loam told me the farmer had started plowing this morning, the definitive sign of spring for me.
  • Down to earth, un-artificed, natural.
  • She was an earthy soul, the salt of the earth as they say of such rural folk, untarnished by false civilization.
  • Like or resembling the earth or of the earth.
  • Covered with earth (mud, dirt).
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • He was wet through with the dew and quite earthy from diving into the burrows the Boy had made for him in the flower bed, and Nana grumbled as she rubbed him off with a corner of her apron.

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    terreous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Pertaining to earth, earthy.
  • * 1646 , Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica , Folio 2007, p. 333:
  • For when the airy intersticies are filled [...] there remains a gross and terreous portion at the bottom

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