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bibliophagist

Theme week! Because it's been a while since I did one, and I had a bunch of words in the queue beginning with B.


bibliophagist (BIB-lee-uh-FEY-jist) or bibliophage (BIB-lee-uh-FEYJ) - n., a voracious reader, a bookworm.


So not the literal insect that physically devours books, but the person who metaphorically devours their contents. As Erasmus said, as a student, "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." Coined in 1881 from Ancient Greek roots bíblos, book + phageîn, eat + -ist, person.

---L.
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