One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to Philo Judaeus (20 b.c.–50 a.d.), Hellenistic Jewish philosopher of Alexandria, or his beliefs, especially his allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament scripture in the light of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Taylor (1765–1836), reviewer and translator. From post-classical Latin Philon-, Philo + -ic.
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