Full record for Terra n.

Definition the planet Earth
OED requirements antedating 1873
Earliest cite R. Payne Smith, 'Science and Revelation'
Comment Robert Andrews submitted a 1929 cite from Otis Adelbert Kline's "The Planet of Peril". Fred Galvin submitted a cite that is from no later than 1891 from the fourth edition of Richard Proctor's "Other Worlds Than Ours", and subsequently confirmed the cite in the 1874 edition. We would like to check the cite in the 1870 first edition. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1958 reprint of Harry Stephen Keeler's 1915 "John Jones' Dollar"; we would be interested in verification from either the April 1927 reprint in Amazing Stories, or the August 1915 original in "Black Cat Magazine". Roberto Labanti submitted a cite from the published text of a lecture "Science and Revelation" by R. Payne Smith. (this was an American reprint of the 1871 english edition: we would be interested in verifying cites from the original publication, "Science and Scepticism: A Course of lectures delivered at the request of the Christian Evidence Society...", ed. The Christian Evidence Society, Hodder & Stoughton, 1871)

Earliest cite in the OED: 1947. We would like cites between 1891 and 1927, as well as any antedatings.

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Citations for Terra n.

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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.
1900 G. Griffith Visit to Moon in Pearson's Magazine Mar. 248 Well, after all, if you find the United States, or even the planet Terra, too small for you, we've always got the fields of Space open to us. We might take a trip across the Zodiac or down the Milky Way.
1929 O. A. Kline Planet of Peril 116 While she spoke they were mounting high in the air. She turned and looked him squarely in the eyes. ‘Grandon of Terra‥have you deceived me? Are you of Olba and not of Mignor?’
1929 O. A. Kline Planet of Peril 44 The Earth-man first thought of giving the name of Rogi Thaddor, and was on the point of doing so, but checked himself in time when he remembered that these men apparently did not know him, and replied: ‘I am Grandon of Terra, and was taking my evening exercise on the fern-rope when you interrupted me.’
1953 A. Norton Star Rangers xvi. 207 Terra calling.
1953 C. Oliver Ant & Eye in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 189 And after you tell us dummies what to do to save Beloved Terra, come on back and we'll have a beer.
1958 H. S. Keeler John Jones' Dollar in Fantasia Mathematica 248 On the 201st day of the year 3221 A.D., the professor of history at the University of Terra seated himself in front of the Visaphone and prepared to deliver the daily lecture to his class, the members of which resided in different portions of the earth. The instrument before which he seated himself was very like a great window sash, on account of the fact that there were three or four hundred frosted glass squares visible. In a space at the center, not occupied by any of these glass squares, was a dark oblong area and a ledge holding a piece of chalk. And above the area was a huge brass cylinder. Toward this brass cylinder the professor would soon direct his subsequent remarks. In order to assure himself that it was time to press the button which would notify the members of the class in history to approach their local Visaphones, the professor withdrew from his vest pocket a small contrivance which he held to his ear. As he moved a tiny switch attached to the instrument, a metallic voice, seeming to come from somewhere in space, repeated mechanically: "Fifteen o'clock and one minute—fifteen o'clock and one minute—fifteen o'clock and one min—" Quickly, the professor replaced the instrument in his vest pocket and pressed a button at the side of the Visaphone. As though in answer to the summons, the frosted squares began, one by one, to show the faces and shoulders of a peculiar type of young men; young men with great bulging foreheads, bald, toothless, and wearing immense horn spectacles. One square, however, still remained empty. On noticing this, a look of irritation passed over the professor's countenance.
1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1982) v. 31 Belike, I thought, when Scripture mentioned the four corners of the world, it did not mean our planet Terra at all, but referred to a cubical universe.
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) i. 10, I was given the honor of attending you because of my experience with other visitors from offworld, the ambassadors from Terra and from Hain.
1990 J. Tiptree, Jr. Color of Neanderthal Eyes 33 Perhaps it is still spawning out new races of Homo Wettersis, as a part of Old Terra once did.
1990 G. Bear Queen of Angels (1991) ii.xxxvi. 176 He had hoped to be able to train Islamic researchers to handle this particular cultural and religious terra, but had not been allowed enough time.
1991 D. Stabenow Second Star ii. 36 They had bug-eyed monsters on the cover of Scientific American and little green men chasing each other across the news on every trivee screen on Terra.
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 210 Terran stock markets were ballooning hysterically to mark the action, with no end in sight, despite the fact that Mars could only provide Terra with certain metals in certain quantities.