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[urth-ling] /ˈɜrθ lɪŋ/

an inhabitant of ; mortal.
(esp in poetry or science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth; human being

Old English yrþling “plowman” (see earth + -ling); the sense of “inhabitant of the earth” is from 1590s. Earthman was originally (1860) “a demon who lives in the earth;” science fiction sense of “inhabitant of the planet Earth” first attested 1949 in writing of Robert Heinlein. Earlier in this sense was earthite (1825).


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