One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who collects snowdrops.‘the anonymous bidder bought the highly prized bulb on eBay, beating competition from other galanthophiles’
- ‘Right now is the highlight of the galanthophile's year, with snowdrop articles in all the gardening magazines, and many people visiting the gardens of stately homes with outstanding snowdrop displays.’
- ‘Brooks has quite a collection of snowdrops to give the garden some winter interest..but he doesn't see himself going down the knee-challenging path of the serious galanthophiles, who have to stoop to inspect the objects of their admiration.’
- ‘To some, the subtle variations between species is intoxicating - snowdrop-junkies, or galanthophiles as they are more commonly known, are greedy to collect as many different varieties as they can.’
- ‘Over special snowdrop lunches this month, he and some 10 to 20 other galanthophiles will inspect the latest blooms.’
- ‘The man who married my wife first time round was a Galanthophile. He could tell you every detail of every snowdrop, but he had no recollection of that wedding.’
- ‘In my article Snowdrops or the Confessions of a Galanthophile, I revealed that I am obsessed with snowdrops.’
- ‘Colesbourne Park is open every weekend in February and whether you are a galanthophile or not this is a hauntingly beautiful winter landscape that is definitely worth exploring.’
- ‘I've absolutely no idea what variety they are, and would probably need to call in a dedicated galanthophile equipped with magnifying glass and kneepads to help me identify them.’
- ‘When her plants are at their best, she holds a 'snowdrop lunch' for these galanthophiles who represent the most authoritative of a growing band of gardeners obsessed by this unassuming little spring flower.’
- ‘I'm another galanthophile and have enjoyed looking at just a few of the recent posts here.’
Late 19th century (as galanthophil): blend of Galanthus (the snowdrop's taxonomic name, from Greek gala, galakt- ‘milk’ and anthos ‘flower’) and -phile.
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