Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Word of the Day -- Toxophilite

Toxoxphilite is a person fond of or expert at archery. 

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."

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