Noun. Also -phil. Mid-20th century.
[from Greek ailouros cat + -PHILE]
A lover of cats.
There has long been the stereotype of the mentally unstable ailurophile, unable to form proper human connections and almost definitely a spinster, as epitomised by Crazy Cat Lady, a recurring character in The Simpsons.
Is this a stereotype without foundation?
Is an ailurophile just someone that really, really loves cats?
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