petrophile

Anthophilous

Adjective

[an-thof-uh-luh s] 

1. Also, anthophagous  [an-thof-uh-guh s]. feeding on flowers, as certain insects.

2. attracted by or living among flowers.

Origin:
The first half of anthophilous comes from the Greek noun ánthos “flower,” which is related to Sanskrit ándha- “the soma plant” (still unidentified). The element -phil comes from Greek phílos “friend, friendly, dear.” It also means “one’s own, own” and for that reason may be a loan word into Greek from Lydian (an Anatolian language spoken in the ancient kingdom of Lydia, in modern western Turkey, whose last king was Croesus) bilis “his.” The Greek and Lydian words come from the Proto-Indo-European root bhilo-, bhili-“harmonious, suitable, friendly.” Anthophilous entered English in the 19th century.

“For you: anthophilous, lover of flowers,
green roses, chrysanthemums, lilies: retrophilia,
philocaly, philomath, sarcophilous—all this love,
of the past, of beauty, of knowledge, of flesh; this is
catalogue & counter: philalethist, negrophile, neophile.
A negro man walks down the street, taps Newport
out against a brick wall & stares at you. Love
that: lygophilia, lithophilous. Be amongst stones,
amongst darkness. We are glass house. Philopornist,
philotechnical. Why not worship the demimonde?
Love that—a corner room, whatever is not there,
all the clutter you keep secret. Palaeophile,
ornithophilous: you, antiquarian, pollinated by birds.
All this a way to dream green rose petals on the bed you love;
petrophilous, stigmatophilia: live near rocks, tattoo hurt;
for you topophilia: what place do you love? All these words
for love (for you), all these ways to say believe
in symphily, to say let us live near each other.”
Reginald Dwayne Betts