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  • n. a lover of all forms of life (as opposed to only humans or those life forms useful to humans)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lover of animals; one who has sympathy for the sufferings of animals.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek φίλος (philos, "beloved") + ζῷον (zōion, "animal").

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