Full record for Jovian adj.

Definition of Jupiter
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Earliest cite G. Adams in Nat. & Exp. Philos.
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1871 Science & Revelation Science and Revelation 155 Now, let us suppose ourselves philosophers come, we will say, form the planet Jupiter, on a mission intrusted to us by the Jovians, to examine and report upon the nature of the creatures which people the four inferior planets, Terra, Venus, Mercury, and Mars.
1931 Amazing Stories Sept. 549/1 ‘We'll carry off the pieces of that ship, too, Quince—we may be able to get a lot of pointers from it,’ and Brandon swung mighty tractor beams upon the severed halves of the Jovian vessel, then extended a couple of smaller rays to meet the two little figures racing across the smooth green meadow toward the Sirius.
1950 R. Heinlein Farmer in Sky (1975) ix. 90, I was interested in it because I knew that the Jovian observatory was on it.
1963 P. Anderson Is There Life On Other Worlds 86 Jovian planets are typified by Jupiter and Saturn.
1968 C. Sagan in C. Sagan & I. S. Shklovskii Intelligent Life in Universe xxiii. 327 The nearest and best-known of the Jovian planets, Jupiter is still far less understood than Venus or Mars.
1968 C. Sagan in C. Sagan & I. S. Shklovskii Intelligent Life in Universe xxiii. 329 The other Jovian planets, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, are believed to be similar in their general structure and composition to Jupiter; but since they are further from the Sun, their cloudtops are colder, and since they lie further from us, they are more difficult to study.
1976 B.N. Malzberg Best of Barry N Malzberg 9 As the Jovians overcame his increasingly feeble struggles and slapped their rescusitator [sic] -and-chains upon him and prepared for the triumphal return to the mother ship for the purposes of capture and the ensuing and long-delayed capture of Earth, Smith was not so sure.
1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 211 Nearly half of the first Jovian colonies were her projects, as I understand it.
1986 J. D. Barrow & F. J. Tipler Anthropic Cosmological Principle 511 The arguments which demonstrate this yield three testable predictions: (1) there is no life with an information content greater than or equal to that possessed by terrestrial bacteria in the atmospheres of Jupiter and the other Jovian planets; (2) there is no life with the above lower bound on the information content in the atmosphere of Venus, nor on its surface; (3) there is no life with these properties on Mars.
1990 G. Bear Queen of Angels (1991) i.iv. 18 The planet‥is quite Jovian, very pretty.
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 159 We would need the thrust of almost all of them to get ourselves back down into the plane of the ecliptic in time to intersect the Jovian system.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity xvii. 224 Didn't you know I won the Jovian Triathlon back in '59?
2000 A. Reynolds Revelation Space xix. 302 Then came two smaller sub-Jovian gas worlds, hardly giants at all, then a Plutonian world—not much more than a captured cometary husk, with two attendant moons.