What is the word that describes a lover of general science?
A philomath is a lover of learning and a philonoist is one who seeks knowledge. I am looking for a word that ends in 'phile

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    A science enthusiast? – NVZ Mar 21 '16 at 10:01
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    Are you looking for single word or a phrase? Have you checked a list of -philes? – NVZ Mar 21 '16 at 10:03
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    The traditional answer is a philosopher, which comes from philosophy (philo = love, sophia = wisdom). Support for the link between philosophy and science.The modern understanding has specialised this to an academic context, hence the Ph in Ph.D. I know you wanted the word to end in 'phile, but if you don't mind that (a version of) it is at the front end :) and that the meaning of the word is specialised, I'll post it as an answer. Let me know. – Lawrence Mar 21 '16 at 13:14
  • I back Lawrence's answer and further add that at the time of the Enlightenment, the first perhaps 'true' or empirical scientists referred to themselves as Natural Philosophers. – Abernasty Mar 21 '16 at 13:59
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    You might find something useful in this old answer of mine: A word for someone who loves searching, learning new things? or in the older question it was closed as a duplicate of: What term means “one who enjoys learning”?. – Dan Bron Mar 21 '16 at 14:56

If you're looking to boast about science you could compare the enthusiast to a philocaly (lover of beauty). Not all of these nouns end in 'phil' but they do contain it. Philomath can also be defined specifically as a lover of maths and sciences. You could also try looking for a word that contains the suffix '-mania'.

  • zoophilia/philotherianism - zoologist
  • thalassophilous - oceanographer
  • phytophilous/dendrophilous - botany
  • anthomania/florimania - botany
  • arithmomania - mathematician
  • zoomania - zoologist
  • Please don't use the word "zoophilia" if you want to indicate "a lover of zoology." The word is actually used to refer to sexual attraction to animals. – herisson Apr 1 '16 at 11:22
  • All the words you listed ending in "-ous" are adjectives, not nouns, and some of them don't have appropriate meanings either. "Phytophilous" is an adjective that's generally used as a synonym for "herbivorous." – herisson Apr 1 '16 at 11:26

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