earthwoman n.

a female native or inhabitant of Earth


  • 1897 F. T. Jane To Venus in Five Seconds xiii. 117 page image Fred T. Jane bibliography

    ‘And if I refuse?’ said she. ‘I shall kill you. No more trusting to the promises of a Sutenrā.’ ‘Then kill.’ ‘I mean it.’ ‘So do I. I am not a man or an Earth[-]woman; therefore, I do not fear death.‘ Then she lay back watching me.

  • 1925 San Antonio (Texas) Light 11 July 1/1 page image

    More primitive religions…represent their gods as liars, cheats and destroyers of earth women.

  • 1930 R. Cummings Brigands of Moon in Astounding Stories 324/2 page image Ray Cummings bibliography

    An Earth woman and child and a small Venus man were in sight, but not within earshot.

  • 1934 F. K. Freas Famine on Mars in Astounding Stories Sept. 77/2

    One was what had been born in me, what had been inextricably entangled in the structure of the germ cell from which I had been created; the other remembered all the long years on Earth when I, in common with every other Earthman and Earthwoman, had been flexed and shaped by the insistent pounding of the Combine; my brain had been conditioned to believe what it was desired that I should believe, and nothing beyond that.

  • 1938 A. K. Barnes Satellite Five in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 16/1 Arthur K. Barnes

    For this was Gerry Carlyle, most famous Earth-woman in the System, admired and beloved by millions for her exploits along the spaceways.

  • 1952 ‘J. Wyndham’ in Galaxy Science Fiction July 62/2 John Wyndham

    The geologist greeted Lellie [sc. a Martian] just as if she were an Earthwoman.

  • 1978 F. Kemske in Galileo (#9) 86/3 page image

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if an earthwoman could bear near-human offspring by a large furry alien[?]

  • 1994 D. Spencer Passing Fancy i. 19

    Saying her children were with them was like an Earthwoman saying her children were with Jesus.

  • 2005 R. Garcia y Robertson Oxygen Rising in Asimov’s Science Fiction 110 page image R. Garcia y Robertson

    ‘Soo, what do you think?’ the Earthwoman switched subjects. ‘Are we getting out of this alive?’

Research requirements

antedating 1897

Earliest cite

Fred T. Jane, "To Venus in Five Seconds"

Research History
The earliest cite in the OED had been from a 1955 reprint of John Wyndham's "Dumb Martian". Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1952 original magazine appearance.

Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from Arthur K. Barnes' "Satellite Five".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1934 cite from Frank K. Freas' "Famine on Mars"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a Project Gutenberg etext of "Brigands of the Moon", by Ray Cummings; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the original publication (Astounding Stories, March 1930).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted an 1897 cite from Fred Jane.
OED researchers found a 1925 cite from a newspaper database.

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