Full record for insectoid adj.

Definition insect-like
OED requirements antedating 1953
Earliest cite Richard S. Shaver, "Beyond the Barrier"
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang"; Elizabeth McCoy verified the cite in a 1975 printing, and Ben Ostrowsky verified the cite in the 1972 first edition.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1978 cite from an article by Mark Ratner in The Dragon.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1981 cite from an article by Jon Mattson in Dragon Magazine.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1982 cite from an article by John Sapienza in Dragon Magazine.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Gregory Benford's "Of Space-Time and the River"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1986 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from K.W. Jeter's "The Mandalorian Armor".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from an editorial article in Future Science Fiction (no. 37, June 1958).
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Arthur C. Clarke's "Publicity Campaign". Fred notes that post-1956 reprints of the story used "insectile" rather than "insectoid"; and that the story was first published in the London Evening News, 1953 (possibly in March). We would like to see confirmation, or otherwise, of the use of "insectoid" in this first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1955 cite from "Charles Satterfield" (Frederik Pohl), "With Redfern on Capella XII"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from "Beyond the Barrier" by Richard S. Shaver
Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1953 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker": we would like to verify these in the 1937 first publication.
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Citations for insectoid adj.

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1953 O. Stapledon Star Maker in To End of Time 306 At the time of our visit to the most striking of these insectoid worlds the world-population consisted of many great nations of swarms. Each individual swarm had its own nest, its Lilliputian city, an area of about an acre, in which the ground was honey-combed to a depth of two feet with chambers and passages. The surrounding district was devoted to the cultivation of the moss-like food-plants. As the swarm increased in size, colonies might be founded beyond the range of the physiological radio system of the parent swarm. Thus arose new group-individuals. But neither in this race, nor in the race of bird-clouds, was their anything corresponding to our successive generations of individual minds. Within the minded group, the insectoid units were ever dying off and giving place to fresh units, but the mind of the group was potentially immortal.
1953 R. S. Shaver Beyond Barrier in Other Worlds Jan. 103/2 They revealed a long-bodied insectoid creature, rather attractively colored in a complex green and gold pattern. They went upon two legs, and used their other six legs for wielding tools, the tools with which they destroyed their forests and their soil. Their heads were handsome, almost animal in shape, with well defined nose and chin like humans.
1955 ‘C. Satterfield’ With Redfern Capella XII in Galaxy Sci. Fiction Nov. 132/1 Miss Garney made sympathetic noises and knelt beside the insectoid creature.
1956 A. C. Clarke Publicity Campaign in Satellite Sci. Fiction Oct. 112/2 The malevolent insectoid shapes shown pouring from the skies bore no resemblance at all to Prince Zervashni, who, apart from his four eyes, might have been mistaken for a panda with purple fur—and who, moreover, had come from Rigel, not Sirius.
1958 Future Sci. Fiction June 82/1 Clare Winger Harris' ‘Miracle Of The Lily’ was the first story that goes like this: men get in ‘Radio’ contact with intelligent creatures of another planet; friendly intercourse follows, and we learn that this other world is plagued with insects. Our aid is implored. At the end, video communication is established and we learn that the beings on the other planet are insectoid and the ‘insects’ they want us to help destroy are human.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang (1983) 122 The thranx were as alien as any race man had yet encountered. A hundred-percent insectoid, hard-shelled, open circulatory system, compound eyes, rigid, inflexible joints‥and eight limbs. And they were egg-layers. As a news commentator of the time put it, ‘they were completely and delightfully weird.’
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang 122 The thranx were as alien as any race man had yet encountered. A hundred-percent insectoid, hard-shelled, open circulatory system, compound eyes, rigid, inflexible joints‥and eight limbs. And they were egg-layers.
1986 G. Benford in Isaac Asimov's Sci. Fiction Mag. Feb. 26 The tour agency said‥you hardly noticed them, they deliberately blended in so well. How a seven-foot insectoid thing with gleaming russet skin can look like an Egyptian I don't know.
1993 D. A. Smith In Cube xi. 163 But insectoid, he intimidated and unsettled all who met him.
1998 K. W. Jeter Star Wars: Mandalorian Armor 168 The short bounty hunter, with the large insectoid eyes and breathing hoses, stood in the doorway.
2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained xviii. 911 Each of the four legs forked, giving it eight hoofs. Two of the arms also divided halfway along. The damn thing was insectoid.