philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism

(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to; strong tendency toward, affinity for; no hate, hatred, dislike, or negative responses)

abrakophile, abrakophilist (s) (noun); abrakophiles, abrakophilists (pl)
A collector who has a fondness for collecting knickknacks or trinkets.
abrakophilia (s) (noun), abrakophilias
A fondness for collecting knickknacks or trinkets.
abrakophilism (s) (noun), abrakophilisms (pl)
acarophile (s) (noun), acarophiles (pl)
That which thrives in association with mites or which is attracted to mites.
acarophilous (adjective), more acarophilous, most acarophilous
Thriving in association with mites: "The acarophilous relationships involve the very small insects that live in foods, on plants, or on animals; including humans."
acarophily (s) (noun), acarophilies (pl)
1. Thriving in association with mites.
2. Cooperative relationships between plants and mites.
acidophil, acidophile (s) (noun); acidophils, acidophiles (pl)
1. An organism that grows well in a highly acid (sour, sharp) media.
2. Cells that stain readily with acidic dyes.
acidophilic (adjective)
1. A reference to organisms that thrive in an acidic (sharp, pungent, bitter) environment.
2. A designation of a microorganism that grows well in a highly acid medium.
3. A description of any microorganism that can or must live in an acidic environment (pH below 6).
4. Referring to anything that is easily stained with acid dye.
acidophilous (adjective)
acidophily (s) (noun), acidophilies (pl)
1. Thriving in an acid medium or a substance that is sour.
2. Having an affinity for acid dyes; denoting a cell or tissue element that stains with an acid dye, such as eosin.
3. Used to describe microorganisms or plants that flourish in an acid environment.
acridophile (s) (noun), acridophiles (pl)
A bird or animal that has a fondness for grasshoppers and/or locusts as a source of food.
acridophilous (adjective)
An attraction to grasshoppers or locusts as a source of food.

Most of the locust's natural enemies; primarily, beetles, flies, and wasps are neither numerous enough on the ground nor mobile enough in the air to challenge vast swarms of locusts.

Birds regularly attack locusts, but their effect is only marginal. African kites drop from the sky and they barrel-roll through the swarm, grabbing locusts with snaps of their beaks, then they climb high to peel off again.

—Compiled from "Locusts: 'Teeth of the Wind' ";
by Robert A.M. Conley; National Geographic;
August, 1969; page 213.
acridophily (s) (noun)
Having an attraction or appetite for grasshoppers, locusts, and/or crickets as a source for food.
acrodendrophile (s) (noun), acrodendrophiles (pl)
acrodendrophilous (adjective)
A description of a species that lives or thrives in treetop habitats.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.