MEANING: noun: A poetry lover.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek philo- (love) + Muse (any of nine goddesses in Greek mythology who presided over arts and sciences). Earliest documented use: 1654.

PHILOMUSE - main character in a series of comics featuring a rodent detective (apologies to S. S. van Dyne)

PHILOMUTE - lover of the ability to turn off the sound on the TV or monitor screen

PHILAMUSE - what Mr Harris did in the 30s-50s, and Mr Silvers in the 50s-70s, and beyond