resembling or like the Earth
OED records a poetic example from 1849 in a figurative context, and a scientific example from 1884.
We found air and Earth-like conditions here; we probably will elsewhere.
The Skylark of Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 550/1
On one very small but earthlike planet we discovered a quasi-human race which was probably unique.
Star Maker (1987) 70
Off he shot, and in due course a fair, green, Earthlike planet lay beneath his vessel’s keel.
Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Jan. 131/1
Since a planet habitable for humankind will, of necessity, be Earthlike, an average population per planet of one billion would be conservative.
Arithmetic & Empire in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 3/2
There are three control stations, Earth-like planets where ordinary human types were left, and from them we're getting valuable information on the path which terrestrial history actually took.
Genius in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 28/2
1949 Astounding Science Fiction May 126/1
They found five planets which would support human life, two of them exceptionally earthlike.
The eagles over the courtyard arch are much too earthlike. We should remember this and find new heads to put on them.
Letter to F. Bachelin 10 Dec. in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) vii. 110
So far as the planet is concerned, I know nothing except that it is Earthlike. No trouble for humans to live there.
Project Pope (1982) 22
She wanted to stay in an Earthlike setting until she went to Earth. She wanted to stay with human beings even though for a time, she did not love them.
Dawn (1991) . ix. 257
Only on Ganymede and Europa were there regions with Earthlike temperatures.
Terranova had ice caps and mountain ranges and island groups. It was an odd experience, looking at a place so Earthlike, but with unfamiliar landmasses.
Odyssey xx. 176
E.E. Smith, The Skylark of Space
Research HistorySue Surova submitted a cite from 1952.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker"; we would like to check the 1937 first edition.
Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite from Larry Niven's "At the Bottom of a Hole".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1982 reprint of Clifford Simak's 1981 "Project Pope".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Dan Simmons' 1989 "Hyperion".
Mike Christie submitted a 1988 cite from Arthur C. Clarke's "2061: Odyssey Three".
Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses".
Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from Poul Anderson's "Genius".
Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from an unascribed piece, probably by John Campbell, in Astounding.
Mike Christie submitted a 1943 cite from an editorial by John Campbell in Astounding.
Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1928 cite for "earth-like" from E.E. Smith's "The Skylark of Space".
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In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.