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.

chrysophilist (s) (noun), chrysophilists (pl)
Someone who is a lover of gold: As a chrysophilist, Steve had such a fondness for possessing gold that he was spending as much money as possible to buy gold coins and gold bars.
A collector of cigar bands.
A film or movie enthusiast.
A collector of scissors.
claustrophile (s) (noun), claustrophiles (pl)
A person who is fond of being in small, enclosed areas: Isaac was a claustorphile who preferred working in a very limited space, or booth, when he was busy with his computer projects.
claustrophilic (s) (noun), claustrophilics (pl)
Relating to someone who has a strong preference to be in small places rather than in roomy or spacious areas: Robert was a claustrophilic who definitely wanted to work in enclosed spaces that are big enough for one person so he can do something without other people seeing or hearing him; especially, when he is talking on the phone as he discusses technical issues with customers of his company.
A collector of mugs.
A collector of wooden decoy ducks.
In biology, a fondness for beetles.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.