nonhumanoid adj.

not having a human or human-like bodily form


  • 1947 B. Wells Scrambled World in Planet Stories Spring 84/2 page image Basil Wells bibliography

    โ€˜This future civilization might be unfriendly and,โ€™ he paused thoughtfully, โ€˜even non-humanoid.โ€™

  • 1951 P. Anderson Inside Earth in Galaxy Science Fiction Apr. 19/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Then there were other races, blue-skinned Vegans, furry Proximans, completely non-humanoid Sirians and Antarians.

  • 1954 R. A. Heinlein Star Beast (1978) 64 Robert A. Heinlein

    The presence of Dr. Ftaeml on Earth had tipped Greenberg that something was up with a non-humanoid peopleโ€ฆnon-human in mentality, creatures so different psychologically that communication was difficult.

  • 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue iii. 40 Suzette Haden Elgin bibliography

    There was also the appeal of what it would be like to have his kid be the very first one to crack a nonhumanoid language.

  • 1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 20/1

    Why canโ€™t we have more non-humanoid aliens?

  • 2012 I. M. Banks Hydrogen Sonata iv. 56 Iain M. Banks bibliography

    It involves a fast, powerful ship, a single surgical strike with full end-operator tactical-choice freedom and โ€“ in case any further action is required โ€“ a micro-force of just two: a highly augmented special forces field-colonel and a non-humanoid combat arbite [sic].

Research requirements

antedating 1947

Earliest cite

Basil Wells, "Scrambled World"

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Star Beast"; Edward Bornstein verified the cite in the 1954 first edition.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1952 reprint of Poul Anderson's "Inside Earth": mIke Christie verified this in its 1951 first publication
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 citation from "Scrambled World", by Basil Wells.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2012 cite from Iain M. Banks's "Hydrogen Sonata".

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