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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Definitions for phillumenist

  1. a collector of matchbooks and matchboxes.

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Citations for phillumenist
McDevitt’s collecting of matchboxes might sound idiosyncratic, but it’s a hobby popular enough that there’s an actual term for it—phillumeny, which roughly translates from the Greek and Latin to "lover of light." Hundreds of phillumenist sites have cropped up on the web, saving these designs from obsolescence. Carey Dunne, "Exquisite Matchbox Art Proves Smaller Is Better," Fast Company, December 9, 2014
If you enjoy onomastics, you collect unusual names of real persons. If you're a phillumenist, you collect match covers. Jon C Halter, “That’s My Hobby,” Boy’s Life, December, 1990
Origin of phillumenist
1940-1945
Phillumenist Phillumenist came to English in the mid-1900s from the Greek philos meaning "loving," the Latin lūmen meaning "light." The suffix –ist denotes a person who practices or is concerned with something.