Phyllis

Phyllis

[fil-is]
noun
1.
a name used in pastoral literature, as the Eclogues of Vergil, for a country girl or sweetheart.
2.
Also, Phyliss. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “green leaf.”
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Phyllis
fem. proper name, generic proper name for a comely rustic maiden in pastoral poetry (1630s), from L. Phyllis, a girl's name in Virgil, Horace, etc., from Gk. Phyllis, female name, lit. "foliage of a tree," from phyllon leaf," from PIE *bholyo- "leaf," from base *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly
identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). In English, often spelled Phillis, probably from influence of phil- "loving." Her sweetheart usually was Philander.
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