Monday, March 20, 2017
Citations for anthophilous
For you: anthophilous, lover of flowers, / green roses, chrysanthemums, lilies; retrophilia / philocaly, philomath, sarcophilous--all this love, / of the past, of beautify, of knowledge, of flesh ...
... we are probably justified in concentrating our attention on adaptation to the needs and preferences of flower-visiting (anthophilous) animals that may be effective pollinators.
Origin of anthophilous
The first half of anthophilous comes from the Greek noun ánthos “flower,” which is related to Sanskrit ándha- “the soma plant” (still unidentified). The element -phil comes from Greek phílos “friend, friendly, dear.” It also means “one’s own, own” and for that reason may be a loan word into Greek from Lydian (an Anatolian language spoken in the ancient kingdom of Lydia, in modern western Turkey, whose last king was Croesus) bilis “his.” The Greek and Lydian words come from the Proto-Indo-European root bhilo-, bhili- “harmonious, suitable, friendly.” Anthophilous entered English in the 19th century.