(used to form nouns in the sense ‘created or modified by scientific techniques, esp. genetic engineering’)
One of the lab men said that we have a Frankenslime to deal with.
To Love Another in Analog Apr. 23/2
1972 Indianapolis Teen Star 8 Jan. 6/5
A bevy of hip nuns, 'a bowl of raisins' and a mad scientist and his Frankenplant are a few of the between act jesters.
1976 Boston Globe 29 Aug. A9/1
New World Films, Roger Corman’s low-budget production company, is countering with 'Frankencar,' a first in the auto-horror genre.
Ever since Mary Shelley’s baron rolled his improved human out of the lab, scientists have been bringing just such good things to life. If they want to sell us Frankenfood, perhaps it’s time to gather the villagers, light some torches and head to the castle.
in N.Y. Times 16 June 24/5
1999 New Scientist 6 Nov. 12/1
Activists decked out as genetically engineered monsters took to the streets of New York and Washington DC on Halloween to protest against what they call ‘Frankenscience’.
Research HistoryBill Mullins submitted a 1972 cite. Jim Landau submitted a 1967 cite from James Blish; Bill Mullins verified this in its earliest printed appearance.
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