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Word of the Day – Anthomaniac

By October 8, 2021Word of the Day

Anthomaniac (noun) (rare)

an-tho-may-nee-ak

A person who is (excessively) passionate or enthusiastic about flowers.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Horatio Smith (1779–1849), writer and humorist. From antho- + -maniac, after anthomania.

Example sentences

“She was obsessed with cut flowers, an anthomaniac; the cloying smell from the house, unbearable.”

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