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Is there a single word for "women lover"?

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I'm surprised this has not been asked on ELU already? – Kris May 17 '14 at 13:30
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How about philogynist?

philogynist: a lover or friend of women.

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Or the other way around, if you put the gyne- first. – tchrist May 17 '14 at 13:11
@tchrust. I thought about that one. But it was a bit too close to Barmar's answer. – Elian May 17 '14 at 13:18

It's not a common word, but gynophile appears to fit.

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Yours is also spelled gynephile. Sometimes you will also find those who are attracted to women referred gynesexuals. Which of the two terms is to be preferred, or even used, or why, I leave to the social politicians. – tchrist May 17 '14 at 13:10
Awesome Venn diagram of such terms: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androphilia_and_gynephilia – Wayfaring Stranger May 17 '14 at 13:19

Rarely used these days... Lothario.

Lothario: a man whose chief interest is seducing women

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A red-blooded male is a common colloquialism.

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Could you have a red-blooded sapphist? – Spehro Pefhany May 17 '14 at 11:58

I'm thinking of a word that would be alliterative of "genius" and also indicate an extreme infatuation with women. So, I thought of linking two words "gyne" and "maniac" and came up with a "gynemaniac," but I don't find it anywhere as a word.

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"Straight"(slang) a man is called this way if his only desire are women, and a man has free will to love as much women as he can.

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Straight does not work if we're talking about a female woman-lover. Also, no matter how macho one might be, women is a plural (not a non-count collective) in English, and you must therefore say as many women, not *as much women. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 17 '14 at 13:51

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