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From Ancient Greek βρέφος (bréphos, baby).



  1. (rare) baby
    • a. 1835, “Moral Epidemics” (essay), in The Cabinet: A Series of Essays Moral and Literary, Volume I, Bell & Bradfute (1835), page 233:
      Symptoms appeared, during last winter, of the Brephomania or Fever of Rejuvenescence which took possession of many persons of both sexes, well on towards their grand climacteric.
    • 1875, Edward Rae, The Land of the North Wind, J Murray, page 266:
      The Doctor and I do not wish it to be understood by this that we are advocates for the resumption of brephophagy in our own country []