Word of the DaySaturday, March 29, 2014
\HIP-uh-fahyl, -fil\ , noun;
Hippophiles could be temperamental. Monsieur Poitevin had noticed this. Horses themselves were stubborn and impulsive and, over time, an exchange of character could occur between rider and mount.
-- Julia O'Faolain, The Judas Cloth, 1992
Some say a certain hippophile Earl must be at least half in love with Mrs D—r, to play his part so well at the R-ch—d House Theatre.
-- Emma Donoghue, Life Mask, 2004
Hippophile comes from the Greek híppos meaning "horse" and -philos meaning "dear" or "beloved." This term entered English in the mid-1800s.
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