One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A student or lover of archery.
- ‘In uncertain times, it makes sense to have as many strings to your bow as a well-provisioned fiddler or a prudent toxophilite.’
- ‘Developed from the best quality metal in diverse shapes and sizes, our range of archery equipment is most popular amongst worldwide toxophilites.’
- ‘However, a more technical term for an archer is a a toxophilite, which is someone who is devoted to or is a lover of archery.’
- ‘A person practicing archery is called an archer, and one who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.’
- ‘One thing is for sure they are not toxophilites.’
Relating to archers and archery.
Late 18th century: from Toxophilus (a name invented by Roger Ascham, used as the title of his treatise on archery (1545), from Greek toxon ‘bow’ + -philos ‘loving’) + -ite.
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