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bibliotaph

or bibliotaphe

[bib-lee-uh-taf, -tahf] /ˈbɪb li əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf/
noun
1.
a person who caches or hoards books.
Origin of bibliotaph
1815-1825
1815-25; biblio- + Greek táphos burial; see epitaph
Related forms
bibliotaphic
[bib-lee-uh-taf-ik] /ˌbɪb li əˈtæf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • On the other hand, a man may be a bibliotaph simply from inability to get at his books.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • The bibliotaph had no home, and was reputed to live in his post-office box.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • The bibliotaph was not a blind enthusiast on the subject of first editions.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • It is not to be supposed that the bibliotaph pleased every one with whom he came in contact.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • It is pleasant to meditate upon past journeys with the bibliotaph.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • The bibliotaph often patronized this thoroughfare, and one day it made him sick.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Life had an unusual richness, and warmth, and color, when the bibliotaph was by.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • The bibliotaph was most at home in the book-shop, on the street, or at his hotel.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • To which the bibliotaph triumphantly replied, ‘What other motive is there for reading it at all?’

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Few collectors in this line have been as happy as the bibliotaph.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent

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