originating on the planet Earth, as opposed to outer space or another celestial body
There, that is Malapert. It is almost exactly at the south pole of the moon, and there—is the horizon of the hemisphere which no earthborn eyes but ours and Murgatroyd’s have ever seen.
Pardon me, I had forgotten. A. D. was the abbreviation of two words Anno Domini. They referred to the supposed birth of one of the gods in one of the primitive religions, just which one I am not sure since several claimed the Earth-born god as their own.
‘Never mind those,’ said their guide, rather contemptuously, ‘being Earthborn you are in a favored class.’
The Outer Worlders exist as they do, only because pieces of Earth have been transplanted. Soil has been brought out there; plants; animals; men. They keep themselves surrounded by an artificial Earth-born geology which has within it, for instance, those traces of cobalt, zinc, and copper which human chemistry must have. They surround themselves by Earth-born bacteria and algae which have the ability to make those inorganic traces available in just the right way and in just the right quantity.
Letting five hundred Earth-born humans into Modor to settle on the barren land was a fool’s trick, and a flat outrage of a sort of unwritten agreement that had existed for over two hundred years between Modorians and humans, ever since the first ship had landed, in fact.
Nothing draws men like the search for treasure, and the asteroids may turn out to be a treasure trove to surpass the wildest dreams of an Earth-born prospector.
We are Earth-born.
Dwelling there is no logistical problem: it has facilities for eating, sleeping, excreting, and cleaning, because the designers expected its attached observatory to be used heavily. Cynical memory banks tell us that she is the first to enter on a regular basis since the Earth-born passengers died.
It’s getting into the Earthborn crops that humans need in order to survive on Lusitania.
So now, as the grinning Earthborn hydrologists showed her as she stepped into an observation gallery cut into the side of the lava tube…
On Garrick’s last immersion, he had gone deeper than any earthborn being ever had, apart from a prehistoric earthworm who had entered through a rift brought on by a major volcanic eruption, which happened to coincide with extreme levels of solar radiation.
George Griffith, 'A Honeymoon in Space'
OED's current definition is "Born on the earth; of earthly or mortal race, as opposed to angelic or divine."
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