Full record for Vegan n.

Definition a (supposed) inhabitant of Vega
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite Hal K. Wells, "Zehru of Zollar"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1943 cite from Hal Clement's "Attitude".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from "Zehru of Zollar" by Hal K. Wells

Earliest cite in the OED: 1951.

Last modified 24 October, 2010

Citations for Vegan n.

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1943 ‘H. Clement’ Attitude in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Sept. 27/1 The Vegans, whose quarters were directly opposite, watched from their doorways. They also commented from time to time, but were very seldom answered, since both hands are required to speak Vegan.
1943 ‘H. Clement’ Attitude in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 16/1 The Vegan relaxed for a moment as its eyes readjusted themselves; then its antennae snapped erect and began to sway slowly in the simple patterns of the sign language of its race‥. Most of the Earthmen had some knowledge of Vegan speech—the two systems are near neighbors, and enjoy lively commercial relations—and all looked to Albee for a decision.