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"I'm a farm boy. It's very interesting; you can detect self-starting characteristics in this society and they are strongest among people who have had some kind of rural upbringing and a very impressionable stage."
- Frank Herbert

Homeworld (Home-World)  
  One's planet of origin.  

Very likely the first use of this picturesque and heartwarming phrase.

"There is your native world, dear. That is your Mother Earth."

Wonderful as the moon had seemed, the gorgeous spectacle which lay seemingly at her feet was infinitely more magnificent. A vast disc of silver grey, streaked and dotted with lines and points of dazzling lights, and more than half covered with vast, glimmering, greyish-green expanses, seemed to form the floor of the tremendous gulf beneath them. They were not yet too far away to make out the general features of the continents and oceans, and fortunately the hemisphere presented to them happened to be singularly free from clouds...

To the right spread out the majestic outlines of the continents of North and South America, and to the left Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia.

Zaidie stood gazing for nearly an hour at this marvellous vision of the home-world which she had left so far behind her before she could tear herself away and allow her husband to shut the slides again.

From A Honeymoon In Space, by George Griffith.
Published by Pearson, Ltd. in 1901
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I think my first exposure to this term comes in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune:

"I dreamed a cavern... and water... and a girl there - very skinny with big eyes. Her eyes are all blue, no whites in them..."

"Tell me about her."

Again, Paul closed his eyes. "We're in a little place in some rocks where it's sheltered. It's almost night, but it's hot and I can see patches of sand out of an opening in the rocks... And she says: 'Tell me about the waters of your homeworld, Usul.'"

Compare to mother world from The Moon of Doom (1928) by Earl L. Bell.

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