Full record for Jovian n.

Definition the hypothetical language spoken by Jovians
OED requirements any evidence 1943
Earliest cite Clifford D. Simak, 'Hunch'
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Suzette Haden Elgin's "Native Tongue".
Ralf Brown submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's "Double Star", which Mike Christie verified in the novel's original 1956 serialization in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1943 cite from Clifford Simak's "Hunch"

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Citations for Jovian n.

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1891 N.-Y. Times May 17 1/5 In other words, it is a full description of the Jovians.
1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Sci.-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
1956 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 47/1 The Martian language gave me my greatest worry. Like most actors, I had picked up enough Martian, Venusian, Outer Jovian, et cetera, to be able to fake in front of a camera or on stage.
1956 R. A. Heinlein Double Star (1957) 127, I was knocked out the first time when we finally put the eetees—Venerians and Martians and Outer Jovians—into the Grand Assembly. But the nonhuman peoples are still there and I came back.
1963 P. Anderson Is There Life On Other Worlds 86 Be that as it may, jovians are chemically dominated by hydrogen and helium, but not to the overwhelming degree that the superjovians are.
1963 P. Anderson Is There Life On Other Worlds 86 Subjovians, represented by Uranus and Neptune, are even more poorly understood than jovians.
1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xviii. 208 ‘It's not just lessons all the time, then? So long as you're talking Jovian, for example, you could be talking about dinner or the threedies or anything else at all?’‘That's quite right, Mrs. Landry,’ said Jennifer. ‘There is of course no such language as Jovian—but you have the rest of it right.’
1998 Interzone July 10/1 One superjovian, ten times the size of Jupiter, swooping in to about half Earth's distance from the sun, and a string of five or more smaller Jovians.