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

(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to; strong tendency toward, affinity for)

These are just a few of the meanings set up for the etymological meanings of philo- which comes to us from Greek.

In biology, there are many words that use philo-, phil- to mean "thriving in such and such a place or situation; or exhibiting a tendency for a specified condition" for its existence.

Other meanings include: "strongly attracted to; such as, an organism that loves or is strongly attracted to something which is specified".

In psychology and psychiatry, -phile, -philia, etc. use this element as a word termination indicating an abnormal craving or attraction to or an affinity for an object as shown by the word stems to which they are affixed.

cumyxaphilist
cyanophile
cyanophilous
cygelophile
A collector of truncheons.
cygelophilist
cynophil
Having a fondness or "love" for dogs.
cynophile
cynophiliac
dekocerophile
A collector of decorative candles.
dekocerophilist
demophile (s) (noun), demophiles (pl)
A person who has a fondness for people.
demophilous
dendrophile
dendrophilia
dendrophilous
1. In biology, thriving in trees; living in orchards.
2. Growing on or twining around trees.
3. Loving trees so much as to live in them [people who live in tree houses?].
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.