One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Parental love; natural affection.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Carpenter (d. 1621), Church of England clergyman and author. From ancient Greek ϕιλοστοργία tender love, affection from ϕιλόστοργος loving tenderly, affectionate, frequently of family affection (from ϕιλο- + στοργή) + -ία.
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