One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A collector of matchbox or matchbook labels.
- ‘Phillumenists collect matchbox labels, skillets, matchboxes, matchbook covers, matchbooks, and other forms of match packaging as well as match strikers, match holders, matchbox holders and matchbook holders.’
1940s: from phil- ‘loving’ + Latin lumen ‘light’ + -ist.
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