Philomachus

noun

Phi·​lom·​a·​chus
fə̇ˈlämə̇kəs
: a genus of shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) consisting of the ruff

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek philomachos loving fighting, warlike, from phil- + machē battle, fight (from machesthai to battle, fight)

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“Philomachus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Philomachus. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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