Vegan adj.

of or pertaining to the star Vega, or the natives or inhabitants of its solar system


  • 1930 E. Hamilton Sun People in Weird Tales May iv. 622/2 page image Edmond Hamilton bibliography

    The great Vegan Science Chief uttered an order and in a moment one of our crew had brought from another of the cruiser’s rooms the thought-speech machine, a compact metal cabinet from which five flat metal bands led, ending in shining little clips.

  • 1940 Thrilling Wonder Stories Nov. 4/1 page image

    A Novel of a Vegan Visitor

  • 1942 I. Asimov Black Friar of the Flame in Planet Stories Spring 13/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    But Earth has particular significance. It’s the center of Loarism, because the Humans originated here. It corresponds to our own Vegan system.

  • 1943 ‘H. Clement’ Attitude in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 16/2 page image Hal Clement bibliography

    The Vegan relaxed for a moment as its eyes readjusted themselves; then its antennae snapped erect and began to sway slowly in the simple patterns of the sign language of its race… Most of the Earthmen had some knowledge of Vegan speech—the two systems are near neighbors, and enjoy lively commercial relations—and all looked to Albee for a decision.

  • 1943 I. Asimov Death Sentence in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 32/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Dorlis was great when no human had ever entered the Vegan system.

  • 1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy–Foundation iii. i. 79 Isaac Asimov

    He had long since stopped wishing for the mild Vegan tobacco of his youth.

  • 1966 A. B. Chandler Edge of Night in Worlds of If Sept. 30/1 page image A. Bertram Chandler bibliography

    There were just the standard plants that are nutured in ships’s farms throughout the galaxy—tomatoes and cucumbers, the Centaurian umbrella vine, Vegan moss-fern.

  • 1980 S. Sucharitkul Rabid in Mallworld in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine June 24 page image S. P. Somtow

    There’s softshell malaprops marinated in angels’s tears, roast Vegan dingword, klitterbungas fried in oyster sauce, [etc.].

  • 1998 ‘L. A. Graf’ War Dragons xvii. 265 Julia Ecklar Karen Rose Cercone bibliography

    Kirk was exposed to and almost died from Vegan choriomengitis.

  • 2007 G. Cox Thinking of You in Sky’s the Limit 151 page image Greg Cox bibliography

    A bed of pink carnivorous plants, resembling a Vegan weeping flytrap, snapped at unwary insects. According to the tricorder, the concealed panel was right above the voracious flytraps. Naturally, Barclay thought. Why not a nest of Denebian slime devils, too?

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

Edmond Hamilton, "Sun People", in Weird Tales.

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a November 1943 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Death Sentence".
Mike Christie submitted a September 1943 cite from Hal Clement's "Attitude".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Black Friar of the Flame"
Mike Christie submitted a November 1940 cite from an editorial in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2007 cite from Greg Cox.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1930 cite from Edmond Hamilton.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1951. OED Online revised this entry in 2012 to include this 1940 example.

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