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From the stem of Ancient Greek ἀρήν ‎(arḗn, lamb, sheep)



  1. (rare) Forming compound words with the sense of ‘lamb, sheep’.
    • 1837, Ward's Miscellany, vol. I, p. 295:
      They were also greatly addicted to divination; some of their methods in which may be learned from the descriptions below. […footnote:] aleetryomancy, arnomancy, aeromancy […].
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 237: [compare -philia]
      ...brothels dedicated to a wide range of preferences, including arnophilia, or an unaccustomed interest in sheep, some of the ovine nymphs in these establishments being quite appealing indeed, even to folks who might not wholeheartedly share the taste, with fleeces dyed in a variety of fashionable colors, including the perennial favorites aquamarine and mauve, or wearing items of feminine—not to mention masculine—attire