Full record for insectoid n.

Definition An insect-like creature
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite Olaf Stapledon, "Star Maker"
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from Alan Dean Foster's "The End of the Matter".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1981 cite from Vonda McIntyre's "The Straining Your Eyes Through The Viewscreen Blues".
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson's "The Napoleon Crime", which Mike Christie verified in the 1983 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from Poul Anderson's "Life Cycle"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Lin Carter's 1972 "Black Legion of Callisto"

The OED database has a 1937 example from Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker".

Last modified 14 August, 2009

Citations for insectoid n.

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1957 P. Anderson Life Cycle in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 55/2 Or consider one of the small insectoids I studied. It breeds here in the usual manner, then the female crawls out into the light to lay her eggs.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang (1983) 12 From a counter of her variegated display booth, Mother Mastiff was pleading amiably with a pair of small, jeweled thranx touristas. Her technique was admirable and competent. It ought to be, he reflected. She'd had plenty of time in which to perfect it. He was only mildly surprised at the insectoid's presence. Where humans go, thranx also, and vicey-versy, don't you know?
1973 L. Carter Black Legion of Callisto 198 CAPOK: an impolite colloquialism by which the baser elements of the various human races of Thanator refer, derogatorily, to the Yathoon insectoids; cognate to ‘bug’.
1977 A. D. Foster End of Matter 4 The old thranx shook his head slowly, a gesture the insectoids had picked up‥several hundred years ago.
1978 A. M. Ratner in Dragon May 4/2 The Bugs fulfill the effectively mandatory requirement in an SF game for an insectoid race. They were influenced by quite a few bug races in SF.
1981 V. McIntyre Straining Your Eyes Through Viewscreen Blues in F. Herbert Nebula Winners Fifteen 80 This is a slightly less blatant version of the game of space opera, in which one writes a western, then trades earth for Omega Orion XI, trades the six-guns for lasers, masers, rasers, phasers, or occasionally for broadswords and crossbows (in a high-tech civilization, mind you); the horses transmute to FTL starcruisers, the cleancut collegiate-type good guys in white hats turn into cleancut collegiate-type good guys in mylar jumpsuits, and the squinty-eyed bad guys in black hats turn into clones, giant ambulatory carrots, humanoids, virusoids, or insectoids (or vice-versa, depending on one's level of xenophobia).
1982 J. T. Sapienza in Dragon Mag. Aug. 71/1 Their enemies‥include a reptilian race and an insectoid hive-mind race.
1983 P. Anderson & G. R. Dickson Napoleon Crime in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Mar. 49/2 A creature the size of his thumb fluttered clumsily, ever closer to him. Multiple legs brushed his skin again. ‘Damn,’ he mumbled, and once more made futile swatting motions. The insectoid was as persistent as a terrestrial fly.
1987 T.R. McDonough Architects of Hyperspace 155 Flittering, long-winged blue insectoids buzzed past the humans, large as birds.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 118 The insectoid aliens had haunted her nightmares.
1996 D. Brin Infinity's Shore (1997) 242 One by one, the insectoids drifted upslope to the makeshift cavity where Dwer and Rety exposed their faces for air.
1998 J. Meaney To Hold Infinity i. 18 He pictured wriggling insectoids, dropping from the night-bound branches.
2001 Sci Fi June 53/3 Like Naked Lunch 's famous typewriter that turns into a bug, Lexx is relentlessly insectoid and organic.