AskDefine | Define tellus

Dictionary Definition

Tellus n : (Roman mythology) goddess of the earth; protector of marriage and fertility; identified with Greek Gaea

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tellūs, tellūris
  1. earth, ground
  2. the Earth
  3. land, country

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Tellus may mean:
  • Tellus Mater, the Roman Earth Mother goddess also called Terra; Goddess of earth and she had her own temple dated back from 268BC and would be honoured at many festivals in her day.
  • Tellus (Ancient Athens), a citizen of ancient Athens who was thought to be the happiest of men
  • Tellus is an alternative name for the planet Earth; see Terra (mythology)
  • Tellus (journal), a scientific journal series affiliated with the International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm and published by Blackwell Publishing, which consists of Series A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography and Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology
  • Tellus (comics), a comic book character and member of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Tellus, a fictional human colony in the TV series Space: Above and Beyond
  • Tellus Institute, a nonprofit research and policy organization committed to environmental sustainability and social equity
  • Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine, an extinct nonprofit audio art project

See also

  • Telus, a Canadian telecommunications firm
tellus in Danish: Tellus
tellus in Dutch: Tellus
tellus in Norwegian: Tellus
tellus in Swedish: Tellus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Agdistis, Amor, Aphrodite, Apollo, Apollon, Ares, Artemis, Ate, Athena, Bacchus, Ceres, Cora, Cronus, Cupid, Cybele, Demeter, Despoina, Diana, Dionysus, Dis, Earth, Eros, Gaea, Gaia, Ge, Great Mother, Hades, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Here, Hermes, Hestia, Hymen, Hyperion, Jove, Juno, Jupiter, Jupiter Fidius, Jupiter Fulgur, Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Jupiter Pluvius, Jupiter Tonans, Kore, Kronos, Magna Mater, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Mithras, Momus, Neptune, Nike, Olympians, Olympic gods, Ops, Orcus, Persephassa, Persephone, Phoebus, Phoebus Apollo, Pluto, Poseidon, Proserpina, Proserpine, Rhea, Saturn, Terra, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Zeus, biosphere, geography, geosphere, globe, mother earth, terra, terrestrial globe, the blue planet, this pendent world, vale, vale of tears, whole wide world, world
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