bib·​li·​oph·​a·​gy | \ ¦bi-blē-¦ä-fə-jē How to pronounce bibliophagy (audio) \

Definition of bibliophagy

: the act or habit of reading voraciously So Toynbee gave up his omnivorous bibliophagy and adopted a new literary diet: He would take up only the works he needed to know in order to write his own books.— Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 14 May 2000 A busy autodidact, he failed to establish an educational program for his son apart from the schoolroom, effectively leaving Tom to indulge his bibliophagy.— Robert E. Sullivan, Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power, 2009

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First Known Use of bibliophagy

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Bibliophagy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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