Earthy vs Terrestrial - What's the difference?

earthy | terrestrial |

As adjectives the difference between earthy and terrestrial

is that earthy is resembling dirt or soil (ie earth) while terrestrial is of, relating to, or inhabiting the land of the earth or its inhabitants.

As a noun terrestrial is

(botany) a ground-dwelling plant.




  • 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.






    (en noun)
  • (botany) A ground-dwelling plant.
  • (Terrestrial)
  • Adjective

  • Of, relating to, or inhabiting the land of the Earth or its inhabitants.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}
  • Of, relating to, or composed of land.
  • *1997 , New Scientist, issue 2096, Review: Cinderella's house
  • *:Microorganisms are the Cinderellas of terrestrial ecology — the majority of the Earth's biomass, yet barely catalogued.
  • Living or growing in or on land (as opposed to other habitat); not aquatic, etc.
  • (astronomy) Of a planet, being composed primarily of silicate rocks or metals; see also terrestrial planet.
  • Concerned with the world or worldly matters.
  • * Young
  • A genius bright and base, / Of towering talents, and terrestrial aims.
  • (Mormonism) Of or pertaining to the second highest degree of glory.
  • * {{quote-journal , year=1974 , date=February , title=A Sure Trumpet Sound: Quotations from President Lee , journal=Ensign citation
  • , passage=We are now living and obeying celestial laws that will make us candidates for celestial glory; or we are living terrestrial' laws that will make us candidates for ' terrestrial glory; or telestial.}}
  • * {{quote-journal , year=1977 , date=August , author=Bruce R. McConkie , title=A New Commandment: Save Thyself and Thy Kindred! , journal=Tambuli citation
  • , passage=Theirs is an everlasting terrestrial inheritance because they rejected the truth when it was offered to them in mortality.}}
  • (broadcasting) Broadcast using radio waves as opposed to .
  • Synonyms

    * planetary * tellurian, telluric, Terran, terrene * , landly * telluric, rocky * (concerned with the world) earthly, mundane, sublunary, worldly


    * (living or growing on land) aerial, aquatic, arboreal, epiphytic * aerial * (concerned with the world) celestial, spiritual

    Derived terms

    * extraterrestrial * subterrestrial * superterrestrial * supraterrestrial * terrestrial albedo * terrestrially * terrestrial navigation * terrestrial planet * terrestrial telescope