tox·​oph·​i·​lite | \ täk-ˈsä-fə-ˌlīt How to pronounce toxophilite (audio) \

Definition of toxophilite

: a person fond of or expert at archery

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Other Words from toxophilite

toxophilite adjective
toxophily \ täk-​ˈsä-​fə-​lē How to pronounce toxophily (audio) \ noun

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Toxophilite became established in the language as the name for a late 18th-century English archery society. The word derives from Greek toxon, which referred to both a bow and arrow, and philos, meaning "loving." Today, toxophilite is a rarely used word but often occurs in vocabulary games and puzzles and in spelling bees. A more ubiquitous descendant of toxon is "toxic." Toxic is an anglicization of Latin's word for "poison," toxicum, which originally meant "poison for arrows" and is a borrowing from Greek toxikon, meaning "arrow."

First Known Use of toxophilite

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toxophilite

Greek toxon bow, arrow + philos dear, loving

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“Toxophilite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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