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.

brandophilist
A collector of or a fondness for collecting cigar bands.
brewcanophilist (s) (noun), brewcanophilists (pl)
A collector of or a fondness for collecting beer cans. Also known as “breweriana collecting”.
brontophile
Someone who is fond of thunderstorms.
bryophilist
bryophilous
In biology, thriving in habitats rich in mosses and liverworts.
bryophily
buttisephile
A collector of bottles, a fondness for collecting bottles.
buttisephilist
butyrophil
A fondness for butter.
butyrophilia
butyrophilic
A reference to a fondness for butter.
cacophonophilist (s) (noun), cacophonophilists (pl)
Someone who likes to listen to harsh or loud sounds: Many people of the older generation suspect that teen agers are really cacophonophilists who are using their earphones and ipods to listen to intensive and excessive musical sounds.
cactophilist (s) (noun), cactophilists (pl)
A collector of cacti.
cagophilist (s) (noun), cagophilists (pl)
A collector of or a fondness for collecting keys.
calcardophile
A collector of visiting cards [could this be "business cards"?].
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.