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.

rhizophilous
In biology, growing on roots.
rhizophily
rhoophile
rhoophilous
In biology, thriving in creeks.
rhoophily
rhyacophilous
In biology, thriving in or having an affinity for torrents (streams).
robotophilist
A collector of remote control gear.
rotuliphilist
A collector of baby rattles.
rugophile
rugophilic
In biology, thriving on rough surfaces or in surface depressions.
rugophily
saccrophilist
A collector of wrapped lumps of sugar.
sambotahphilist
A collector of military uniforms.
sapromyiophile
sapromyiophilous
Pollinated by dung flies.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.