arc·​to·​phile | \ ˈärk-tə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce arctophile (audio) \
plural arctophiles

Definition of arctophile

: a person who likes or collects teddy bears Arctophiles and children should make time for Teddy Melrose, the teddy bear museum, tearoom and workshop … — Juliet Clough, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 30 June 1996

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First Known Use of arctophile

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arctophile

arcto- + -phile

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“Arctophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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