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I saw the movie Isle of Dogs (2018) yesterday. The narrative described a kingdom of cat-loving humans waging war against the dog kingdom.1 Later, some characters spoke only Japanese without subtitles or interpreters. Since I understand some Japanese, I got some Bilingual Bonus (warning: tvtropes). In real life, I am not a "cat-person" or a "dog-person", but a "both"-person.

So, all of this got me into world building mode. I started writing a story involving three kingdoms, the cat-lovers, the dog-lovers, and the "both"-lovers. This is where my question comes:

What's the word to describe a person who loves two entities?

I would like to form a sentence like below:

The cat-loving kingdom and the dog-loving kingdom have been at war for centuries, with the bi<what?> kingdom acting as the peacemaker to prevent a catastrophe.

so that it reads similar to:

The English kingdom and the French kingdom have been at war for centuries, with the bilingual kingdom acting as the peacemaker to prevent a catastrophe.

Obviously, I don't want to go with "bi-lover" (or similar) due to certain connotations.


1 It is from one of the earliest scenes and not particularly relevant to the plot, so not a spoiler.

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    I don't know if you'll get a good word for this or not, but, if not, you could always go with: The cat-loving kingdom and the dog-loving kingdom have been at war for centuries, with the lovers of both acting as peacemakers. – J.R. Jul 11 '18 at 14:16
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    I suppose quadrupedophile is out for similar reasons. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 11 '18 at 15:42
  • Note: I don't "love" any kingdom, it is part of the story I am writing. The third kingdom consists of people who love two entities, the entities being in this case, cats and dogs. It could also be chocolate and vanilla flavour, or cars and motorbikes, or red and blue colours, or apples and oranges. – Masked Man Jul 11 '18 at 16:24
  • Another prefix meaning "two" is di-. But again, dizoophilic is probably out. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 11 '18 at 17:23
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    Not sure it addresses your question, but how about "with a neutral kingdom acting as the peacemaker"? A Switzerland of sorts. – user3169 Jul 11 '18 at 19:10
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Don't get too hung up on using the word "kingdom" There is no specific word in English so just describe:

... with lovers of both acting as peacemakers

... with neutrals acting as peacemakers

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Cats and dogs are different species. So, in the spirit of bilingual (and bisexual), you could call lovers of both species "bispecials".

I thought this would be an invented word but then I found this word has already been used as a label in a similar context of two species.

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The closest I can think of (which may not satisfy your specific requirement) is "the egalitarian kingdom."

From egalitarianism:

[Merriam-Webster]

1 : a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs
2 : a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people

Of course, replace people or humans with animals . . .

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    If we use that word for animals, perhaps we should spell it eaglelitarianism.... – J.R. Jul 11 '18 at 14:53
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    Or pollyamory if you prefer birds that can carry on a conversation. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 11 '18 at 15:38
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo Toucan play at that. – Jason Bassford Jul 11 '18 at 15:43
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You need to invent the kingdom's name, it has to be easy to pronounce and it should contain references to both animals. So how about combing the words feline and hund? Feline refers to all members of the cat family while hund is an Old English word for dog

Felizerhund

(inspired by Switzerland)

Obviously, a kingdom that loves cats should be called Catland, while a dog-loving kingdom could be called Hundia or Houndlia

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