One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An animal that lives on flowers; (Entomology) †a lamellicorn beetle of a former division Anthobii which feeds on flowers (obsolete).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From French anthobie (P. A. Latreille in Nouveau dict. d'hist. nat X. 282; from ancient Greek ἄνθος flower + βίος life: see bio-) + -an.
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