Tuesday, 8 January 2013

WORD FOR THE DAY

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Your word for today is: nemophilist, n.

nemophilist, n.

 
[‘A person who loves or is fond of woods or forests.’]

 
Pronunciation: Brit. /nᵻˈmɒfᵻlɪst/, /nɛˈmɒfᵻlɪst/,  U.S. /nəˈmɑfələst/
 

Etymology: <  ancient Greek νέμος wooded pasture, glade (see Nemophila n.) + -philist comb. form.
 

 Now rare.
 

  A person who loves or is fond of woods or forests.
 

1860 Atlantic Monthly Jan. 26 Not as a naturalist in close patient study..but as a nemophilist, taking simple delight in mere observation.
 

1912  M. J. Cawein Poet, Fool & Faeries 49 The dictionaries have a name for all Who love the woods as you do. I shall call My poet now,—that is, if he insist,—No more mere Poet but Nemophilist.
 

1995 Arkansas Democrat Gaz. (Nexis) 23 July 3j, For people who aren't afraid to die..death promises to be everything life tried to be but couldn't... You can cheat on crossword puzzles. You can speak Urdu and become an unashamed nemophilist.

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