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.

One who is fond of drinking his/her own bath water.
autonumerophile (s) (noun), autonumerophiles (pl)
Someone who loves to collect car-licenses with numbers: Shane was a genuine autonumerophile and so his garage walls were full of all kinds of auto-licenses because he had this desire to have all kinds of license numbers from every place that he could find them.
autonumerophilist (s) (noun), autonumerophilists (pl)
A collector, or collectors, of car license-plate numbers: There actually are autonumerophilists who have a fondness for getting automobile licenses so they can accumulate the various numbers.
Someone who loves himself or herself.
Loving one's self; self-love; narcissism (a psychoanalytic term meaning self-love).
1. In biology, self-pollinating.
2. In psychiatry, self-love; narcissism.
1. In biology, self-pollinating.
2. In psychiatry, self-love; narcissism.
A collector of head scarves, a fondness for collecting head scarves.
A collector of tunbridge ware.
Someone who has an interest in or fondness for collecting Christian baptismal names.
A special interest in collecting Christian baptismal names.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.