from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In astrology, a guard of planets attending the sun and moon.


  • Thus, for example the degree of their fortune and wealth will be indicated by the doryphory, or attendants of the luminaries.

    Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos, Or Quadripartite

  • The lord of the tripli city is Jupiter, in companionship with the Sun, and the doryphory of Saturn.

    Bibliotheca Indica


‘Doryphory’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘spear-carrier.’ A ‘doryphore’ is, according to the OED, ‘a person who draws attention to the minor errors made by others, esp. in a pestering manner; a pedantic gadfly.’ ‘Doryphore’ was coined in 1952 by English politician Sir Harold Nicolson, who likened this pest of a person to the Colorado beetle of the same name.