Definition of Philomachus
: a genus of shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) consisting of the ruff
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of philomachus
New Latin, from Greek philomachos loving fighting, warlike, from phil- + machē battle, fight (from machesthai to battle, fight)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Philomachus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).