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.

In biology, thriving in environments rich in calcium salts; boring into calcareous shells.
A collector of dog collars.
callinebephile (s) (noun), callinebephiles (pl)
Anyone who has a love for using nibs or quill pens as tools for producing artistic and enhancing hand-written documents.
callinebephilist (s) (noun), callinebephilists (pl)
Someone who has a fondness for possessing nibs or quill pens (a nib refers to the point of a quill pen) or the collecting of fountain-pen points used in stylish penmanship.
campanophile (s) (noun), campanophiles (pl)
A collector of bells, a fondness for collecting bells.
campnophilist (s) (noun), campnophilists (pl)
One who has a special fondness for dogs.
A special love, or fondness, for dogs.
capnophilic (adjective), more capnophilic, most capnophilic
Relating to growing best with added carbon dioxide; said of certain kinds of bacteria.
capsulaphile (s) (noun), capsulaphiles (pl)
A collector of ships in bottles or a fondness for collecting such objects.
capsulaphilist (s) (noun), capsulaphilists (pl)
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.