turophile

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noun tu·ro·phile \ˈtu̇r-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l, ˈtyu̇r-\

Definition of turophile

  1. :  a connoisseur of cheese :  a cheese fancier

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Are you stuck on Stilton or gaga for Gouda? Do you crave Camembert? If so, you just might be a turophile, the ultimate cheese lover. From an irregular formation of the Greek word for cheese, tyros, plus the English -phile, meaning "lover" (itself a descendant of the Greek -philos, meaning "loving"), turophile first named cheese aficionados as early as 1938. It was in the 1950s, however, that the term really caught the attention of the American public, when Clifton Fadiman (writer, editor, and radio host) introduced turophile to readers of his eloquent musings on the subject of cheese.

Origin and Etymology of turophile

irregular from Greek tyros cheese + English -phile — more at butter


First Known Use: 1938

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