from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In phrenology, the love of life—a faculty assigned to a protuberance under the ear; also, the organ which is supposed to indicate the presence of this faculty.


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  • Let it be perpetually remembered to the credit of this apostle of alimentation and vitativeness with temperance, that, in his religious system, eating was a 'sacramental' process, and not a physical indulgence merely, as the ignorant allege. "

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866


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  • (noun) - Love of life as such; unwillingness to die.

    --O.S. Fowler's Phrenology Proved, Illustrated, and Applied, 1855

    January 15, 2018