Full record for Jovian n.

Definition a (presumed) inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
OED requirements antedating 1873
Earliest cite R. Payne Smith, 'Science and Revelation'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a cite that is from 1891 or earlier, from a reprint of Richard Proctor's "Other Worlds Than Ours"; however, the 1874 edition was checked and does not contain "Jovian". Roberto Labanti submitted a cite from a news item "Wiggins as a Novelist" in the New York Times, May 7 1891. 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)
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Citations for Jovian n.

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1891 N.-Y. Times May 17 1/5 In other words, it is a full description of the Jovians.
1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Sci.-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
1956 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 47/1 The Martian language gave me my greatest worry. Like most actors, I had picked up enough Martian, Venusian, Outer Jovian, et cetera, to be able to fake in front of a camera or on stage.
1956 R. A. Heinlein Double Star (1957) 127, I was knocked out the first time when we finally put the eetees–Venerians and Martians and Outer Jovians–into the Grand Assembly. But the nonhuman peoples are still there and I came back.
1963 P. Anderson Is There Life On Other Worlds 86 Be that as it may, jovians are chemically dominated by hydrogen and helium, but not to the overwhelming degree that the superjovians are.
1963 P. Anderson Is There Life On Other Worlds 86 Subjovians, represented by Uranus and Neptune, are even more poorly understood than jovians.
1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xviii. 208 ‘It's not just lessons all the time, then? So long as you're talking Jovian, for example, you could be talking about dinner or the threedies or anything else at all?’‘That's quite right, Mrs. Landry,’ said Jennifer. ‘There is of course no such language as Jovian–but you have the rest of it right.’
1998 Interzone July 10/1 One superjovian, ten times the size of Jupiter, swooping in to about half Earth's distance from the sun, and a string of five or more smaller Jovians.