Word of the Day : May 28, 2014


noun tahk-SAH-fuh-lyte


: a person fond of or expert at archery

Did You Know?

"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."


"With this weekend's smashing debut of the movie Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen's power with a bow and arrow has made toxophilites (archery-lovers) of us all." - Rebecca J. Rosen, Atlantic Online, March 26, 2012

"Behold, the archer! Perhaps there is no more heroic pose known to man ... [a]nd perhaps there is no other weapon as romantic, as toxophilites will tell you." - Mark Holmberg, WTVR CBS 6, November 27, 2013

Test Your Vocabulary

Which of the following words means "a maker of arrows": "chandler," "fletcher," or "wainwright"? The answer is …


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