A member of a sect originating in Galatia in the 2nd century a.d. who celebrate the Eucharist with bread and cheese.
It is thought likely that the Artotyrites were in origin a subsect of the Montanists, and likewise were regarded by many as heretical. The practice of using bread and cheese is based upon the idea that the first men offered to God the fruits of the earth and of their flocks.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Taverner (?1505–1575), translator and evangelical reformer. From post-classical Latin artotyrita from Hellenistic Greek ἀρτότυρος bread and cheese (from ἀρτο-, combining form of ἄρτος bread, of uncertain origin + τυρός cheese) + classical Latin -īta.