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From the Ancient Greek κόρη (kórē, girl) +‎ φῐλῐ́ᾱ (philíā, love), coined by analogy with pedophilia.



korephilia (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Erotic attraction of a woman or older female toward young girls; lesbian pederasty.
    • 1991, Geoffrey Scott Puterbaugh (username), “Morning Gays at the AHA” in soc.motss, Usenet:
      It seems safe to assume that the panelists were referring to (pick your term) man–boy love, pederasty, ephebophilia. They may also have been referring to korephilia (woman–girl) and (looking internationally) may have been referring to paedophilia, since Dutch reformers seem to have seized on this term to refer to all inter-generational sex.
    • 1993, David T. Evans, Sexual Citizenship: The Material Construction of Sexualities (2004), chapter 8, page 220:
      Paedophilia and korephilia, respectively adult male and female ‘sexual love directed towards children…in pre-puberty and early adolescence’ (PIE 1978), have been openly championed by various organisations in the recent past.
    • 1998, Ruediger Landmann (username), “Re: Proposal: alt.binaries.korephile” in alt.config, Usenet:
      How many posts about korephilia are being made to already existing newsgroups at the moment?
    • 2007, James T. Sears (editor), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality Through History VI: The Modern World, “Pederasty”:
      Unlike pedophilia, which defines adult male or female attraction to a prepubescent girl or boy under thirteen, and korephilia, which denotes adult female attraction to girls, pederasty specifically defines emotional, intimate, and physical adult male attraction to teenage boys.
    • 2008, Bonnie G. Smith (editor), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History III: Kaffka–Service Sector, “Pederasty”:
      Contemporary pederasty and korephilia differ from classical norms in that the younger partner may…take sexual initiative rather than be passive in serving the pleasures of the older partner.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:korephilia.

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