Full record for xenologist n.

Definition one who studies xenology
OED requirements antedating 1949
Earliest cite 1949 L. S. de Camp 'The Animal-Cracker Plot'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "The Animal-Cracker Plot".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1954.

Last modified 14 May, 2009

Citations for xenologist n.

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1949 L. S. de Camp in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 69/1, I know more about extraterrestrial life than most professional xenologists.
1955 T. Sturgeon in Galaxy Sci. Fiction Mar. 116/1 His passengers in coldpacks and a cargo of serums, refractories, machine tools and food concentrate for the xenologists and mineralogists who were crazy enough to work out there.
1988 C. J. Cherryh Cyteen 18 He's a xenologist.
1989 A. D. Foster Quozl iii. 31 The xenologist would have to be female, since the idea of taking an unbalanced crew was unthinkable.
2001 Locus June 23/2 The mission ends up includingā€„a number of xenologists.
2001 Interzone May 6/2 I'm a xenologist and, since earning my degree, I've focused exclusively on communities descended from humans who were genetically modified to survive in a hostile environment.