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arctophile (ARK-tuh-fyl) noun

A person who is very fond of and is usually a collector of teddy bears.

[Greek arkto-, combining form of arktos bear + -phile.]

"Teddy bears are more than just an occasional squeeze for Alison Hawkins-- they're her life, and she owns more than 5000 of them. Ms Hawkins, who lives in the coastal community of Haumoana, southeast of Napier, is an arctophile--a collector of teddy bears." Mary Longmore, Still Crazy About Bears After All These Years, The Dominion, May 6, 1998.

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