Vegan adj.

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


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

    A Novel of a Vegan Visitor

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

    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. 16/1 Hal Clement

    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 Isaac Asimov

    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.

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

    Kirk was exposed to and almost died from Vegan choriomengitis.

Research requirements

antedating 1940

Earliest cite

Editorial, Thrilling Wonder Stories

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

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

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