One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Love of or devotion to learning. In quot. 1647: †a philomath (obsolete).
Early 17th century. From ancient Greek ϕιλομάθεια, ϕιλομαθία love of learning from ϕιλομαθής fond of learning + -ία. Compare Italian † philomathia, French † philomathie, German † Philomathie.
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