xenodochy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek

Noun[edit]

xenodochy (uncountable)

  1. Reception of strangers; hospitality.
    • 1872, William Mark Hugo, History of the first Bushmen's club in the Australian colonies
      Bushmen, as a class, are a very hospitable race — generous in their sympathies, fond of practising the virtue of xenodochy, entertain strangers with a rough but ready welcome; and it is a pity to see men of this stamp tossed about as they are.