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bibliophage

[ bib-lee-uh-feyj ]
/ 藞b瑟b li 蓹藢fe瑟d蕭 /
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noun
an ardent reader; a bookworm.
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Origin of bibliophage

OTHER WORDS FROM bibliophage

bib路li路oph路a路gous [bib-lee-of-uh-guhs], /藢b瑟b li藞蓲f 蓹 g蓹s/, bib路li路o路phag路ic [bib-lee-uh-faj-ik, -fey-jik], /藢b瑟b li 蓹藞f忙d蕭 瑟k, -藞fe瑟 d蕭瑟k/, adjective
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What does聽bibliophage mean?

A bibliophage is a person who reads all the time; a bookworm.

Bibliophage is a very rarely used word, unlike the commonly used bookworm. But with their extensive vocabularies, bibliophages probably know it.

Example: Michelle is a real bibliophage鈥攕he spends every second of her free time reading books.

Where does聽bibliophage come from?

The word bibliophage has been in use at least since the 1830s. It is formed from the Greek root biblio-, meaning 鈥渂ook鈥 (as in bibliography), and -phage, meaning 鈥渢hing that devours鈥 (from the Greek phage卯n, meaning 鈥渢o eat鈥). This ending is often used literally, as in words like macrophage (a white blood cell that ingests microorganisms). Very rarely, the word bibliophage has been used to refer to a bug that literally eats the pages of books. (The term bookworm can also refer to a type of insect that feeds on books, especially their binding paste, such as the booklouse.)

But bibliophage is pretty much always used figuratively: a person who devours books鈥攎eaning they read them one after another. A bibliophage is a bibliophile (someone who loves books), but they don鈥檛 just love them, they feast on them. If you have a bibliophage in your life, you know they probably don鈥檛 go anywhere without a book鈥攐r several. When you ask them what they鈥檝e been reading, they鈥檒l list one book after another (you probably don鈥檛 need to ask鈥攖hey鈥檒l just tell you). Their bookcase is beyond full, and they have a stack of books they haven鈥檛 read yet, but that won鈥檛 stop them from acquiring more. When it comes to reading, a bibliophage is prolific.

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How is聽bibliophage聽used in real life?

Perhaps not surprisingly, it鈥檚 probably bibliophages who are most likely to use the word bibliophage, especially when talking about how they feel about reading and books.

 

 

Try using聽bibliophage!

Which of the following words is a synonym for bibliophage?

A. bibliophile
B. book lover
C. bookworm
D. all of the above

How to use bibliophage in a sentence

  • Bibliophage, or bibliophagist, a book-eater, or devourer of books.

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