Venusian n.

a native or inhabitant of the planet Venus; also, the language spoken by such a being



  • 1874 A. Blair Ann. 29th Cent. III. iii. 56

    I suspected from the circumstances the frames of the Venusians were so constituted that sustenance was superfluous.

  • 1897 J. Munro Trip to Venus ix. 173

    ‘The good of it?’ rejoined the Venusian; ‘it is beautiful, and gives us pleasure.’

  • 1943 ‘L. Padgett’ Iron Standard in Astounding Science-Fiction Dec. 78/2 Henry Kuttner C. L. Moore bibliography

    All the Earthmen had learned Venusian quickly; they were good linguists, having been chosen for this as well as other transplanetary virtues.

  • 1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) i. 6 Anne McCaffrey

    She had…enjoyed a music appreciation course that had included…the curious rhythmic progressions of the Venusians, Capellan visual chromatics, the sonic concerti of the Altairians and Reticulan croons.

  • 1972 P. Moore Can you speak Venusian? xvi. 167

    He is fluent in Venusian, Plutonian and Krügerian.

  • 1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 275 Cecelia Holland bibliography

    The Venusian’s hearty voice boomed.

  • 1995 Interzone Aug. 19/2

    The belief that the Venusians are coming to save us from ourselves is simply an expression of people’s deep-rooted worries.

  • 2013 M. Resnick In Tombs of Martian Kings in Old Mars 230 page image Mike Resnick bibliography

    Scorpio marveled once again at how much the Venusian could eat, and how quickly he could digest it.

Research requirements

antedating 1874

Earliest cite

A. Blair 'Annals 29th Century'

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Lewis Padgett's "The Iron Standard"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1943 first appearance.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Mike Resnick.

We would like cites from before 1943 for the sense "language of the Venusians" only; for the sense "a supposed inhabitant of Venus" we would like to antedate 1874.

Last modified 2021-03-08 20:29:02
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