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From Toxophilus, the title of a 1545 book by Roger Ascham intended to mean ‘lover of the bow’, from Ancient Greek τοξον (toxon, bow) + φίλος (phílos, love) + -ite.


  • IPA(key): /tɒkˈsɒfɪlʌɪt/


toxophilite (comparative more toxophilite, superlative most toxophilite)

  1. Pertaining to archery.


toxophilite (plural toxophilites)

  1. Someone keen on or an expert at archery; a lover or practitioner of archery.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 100 (ISBN 1857150570)
      Here the gardens of the place encroached with a somewhat wide sweep upon the paddock, and gave ample room for the doings of the toxophilites. Miss Thorne got together such daughters of Diana as could bend a bow, and marshalled them to the targets.

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