One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Emotional attachment to, or love of, animals; opposition to cruelty to animals. Also occasionally: sexual attraction to, or activity with, animals. Now chiefly historical and somewhat rare.
2Ecology. Pollination by animals. Also: specifically pollination by vertebrate animals as distinct from insects.
3Biology. The tendency of a parasitic organism (especially a mosquito) to prefer feeding or living on animals rather than humans; the state of being zoophilic.
Mid 19th century. From zoo- + -phily.
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