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  • When it first arrived, yon volume kept its owner up all night, and its neighbor introduced him to realms more delightful and more strange than if he had taken Dr. Wilkins's lunarian journey.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

  • The doctor and I hesitated to say much to each other, out of deference to the feelings of this fair lunarian, but he took occasion to remark to me quietly that as she could not tell us her name just yet he proposed to call her Mona [Footnote: _Mona_ is old Saxon for _moon_.] for the present.

    Daybreak; a Romance of an Old World

  • The lunarian which we herewith present belongs to the second of the classes above named; in its construction an attempt has been made to show by as simple means and in as clear a manner as possible the nature of the following phenomena, viz.:

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884

  • It is now high noon for our lunarian standing beside the cross, while the earth over his head appears, if he sees it at all, only as a black disk close to the sun, or -- as would sometimes be the case -- covering the sun, and encircled with a beautiful ring of light produced by the refraction of its atmosphere.

    Other Worlds Their Nature, Possibilities and Habitability in the Light of the Latest Discoveries

  • In that case, our athlete would have to content himself with jumping over a lunarian, whose head he could just clear -- with the hat off.

    Other Worlds Their Nature, Possibilities and Habitability in the Light of the Latest Discoveries

  • The work of the lunarian, though seldom practised in these days of chronometers, is beautifully edifying, and there is nothing in the realm of navigation that lifts one's heart up more in adoration.

    Sailing Alone Around the World

  • Whereas nowadays the editor of a leading monthly is responsible to his readers for exhaustive views of the politics of Europe during the last fortnight; and would think himself distanced in the race with his lunarian rivals, if his numbers did not contain three distinct and entirely new theories of the system of the universe, and at least one hitherto unobserved piece of evidence of the nonentity of God.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature

  • a whirlwind a thousand leagues above the surface of the water, where a new atmosphere meets them and carries them into a capacious harbour in the moon -- A description of the inhabitants, and their manner of coming into the lunarian world -- Animals, customs, weapons of war, wine, vegetables, &c.

    The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen


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  • (noun) - (1) An inhabitant of the moon.

    --Richard Coxe's Pronouncing Dictionary, 1813

    (2) When it is what we call new moon, we shall appear as a full moon to the Lunarians.

    --George Adams' Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy, 1794

    (3) One who observes or describes the moon; one who used the lunar method in finding longitude.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908

    January 15, 2018

  • "'He was... a great lunarian. He dined with us once, and cried out against those ignorant idle swabs who would depend on chronometers.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 84

    March 21, 2008