No, Philos is "friendship, brotherly love", "phyllum" has an upsilon, not an iota
in it. "Tea-loving" would then be "theaphilic," and a tea lover a theaphile. Phylé
-- I just went to look it up -- means "tribe, group" (gender is neuter, so the
nominative article is hé). I'm assuming Linnaeus first coined the word, but I don't
really know. I suspect the Latin filium would be derived from phylé, as would our
English word "file" (as in a line of troops). Again, am speculating.

Ronn Blankenship wrote:

> At 09:03 PM 11/16/02, Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> >Interesting -- I didn't know that. A case of "faux amis" (false cognates). So
> >what's "phylline" from? The only thing I can think of, going from my limited
> >knowledge of Greek, is "type" in the sense of something that's in a class of
> >things that have something in common. (Same as the word "phylum") So I would,
> >offhand, speculate that "theophylline" means "substances derived from tea." Is
> >that correct?
>
> Maybe.  The only etymology I have seen (in chemistry books) was for the
> "tea" > "theo-" part.
>
> Speculation based on _my_ very limited knowledge of Greek:  Is there any
> relation between "philia" (= "friend") and "phylum" (= maybe a "group of
> friends")?
>
> --Ronn! :)
>
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