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From ailuro- (cat, from Ancient Greek αἴλουρος (aílouros)) +‎ -philiac, on the pattern of paedophiliac.



ailurophiliac (not comparable)

  1. Appropriate or pleasing to ailurophiles.
    • 1981, American Book Collector[1], volume 2, Moretus Press, page 15:
      The year 1927 also produced a splendidly ailurophiliac Black Cat, with woodcuts by Gyula Zilzer, in Middle European style.
    • 1989, Nicolas Slonimsky, Lectionary of Music, McGraw-Hill, →ISBN, page 126:
      She dies, he dies. They become transfigured in some sort of ailurophiliac heaven and live happily ever after.
    • 2001, Katharine M. Rogers, The Cat and the Human Imagination: Feline Images from Bast to Garfield[2], University of Michigan Press, →ISBN, page 95:
      Gautier’s love of cats was notable even in his ailurophiliac time and place: Nadar made a famous caricature of him sitting plump and happy in his study with a crowd of cats occupying every inch of available space.
    • 2006, Katharine M. Rogers, Cat[3], Reaktion Books, →ISBN, page 91:
      Théophile Gautier’s love of cats was notable even in his ailurophiliac time and place. One of his favourites, Madame Théophile, was ‘so called because she lived with me on a footing of conjugal intimacy’, following him everywhere and at mealtime often hooking morsels ‘on their way from my plate to my mouth’.

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