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"seed of beans," 1680s, of uncertain origin; found earlier in podware "seed of legumes, seed grain" (mid-15c.), which had a parallel form codware "husked or seeded plants" (late 14c.), related to cod "husk of seeded plants," which was in Old English. In reference to pregnancy from 1890; in reference to a round belly from 1825. Meaning "detachable body of an aircraft" is from 1950. Pod people (1956) is from movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," based on novel by Jack Finney.
"herd of whales or seals," 1827, American English, of unknown origin.
Stupid, unfeeling, machinelike people; zombie: Have body snatchers invaded America's airwaves? Is this pure pop for pod people?/ And find you're a bug. A pod person?
[1956+; fr the extraterrestrial creatures depicted in the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, who spawn in pods and take over the bodies of human beings; based on a novel by Daniel Mainwaring]
Marijuana; pot: Diane smoked jive, pod, and tea
[1952+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps fr the pod, or seed container, the flowering and fruiting head of the female cannabis plant; perhaps an alteration of pot]