philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism
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.
, more aigialophilous, most aigialophilous
Pertaining to the life in beach environments: There are many aigialophilous creatures found in beach habitats, including mussels, shore crabs, shrimps, and starfish.
aigialophily (s) (noun)
, aigialophilies (pl)
A preference for spending one's life near the ocean: Ever since Martin was little, he always wanted to live close to the sea and discovered that the term for this was aigialophily"
, more ailurophilous, most ailurophilous
Descriptive of a special love or fondness for cats: Virginia's sister had an ailurophilous affection towards felines and had at least one in her home to keep her company.
ailurophily (s) (noun)
, ailurophilies (pl)
A special attraction for felines: Sensing her condition of ailurophily, Carol always preferred cats to dogs and had at least one cat living with her in her condo.
aiphyllophile (s) (noun)
, aiphyllophiles (pl)
That which is especially suited for inhabiting the woods that remain green throughout the year.
, more aiphyllophilous, most aiphyllophilous
Characteristic of anything that develops in evergreen woodlands.
aiphyllophily (s) (noun)
, aiphyllophilies (pl)
The preference that some creatures have of living in trees that don't seasonally shed their leaves.
aithalophile (s) (noun)
, aithalophiles (pl)
Organisms which grow especially well in forested areas where the trees keep their foliage throughout the year.
, more aithalophilous, most aithalophilous
Referring to the existence of certain creatures in evergreen thickets.
aithalophily (s) (noun)
, aithalophilies (pl)
Inhabitants of plants or bushes that have foliage throughout the year.
alcoholophilia (s) (noun)
, alcoholophilias (pl)
A craving or strong love for intoxicating drinks or other fermented liquids.
aletophile (s) (noun)
, aletophiles (pl)
Living things that prosper especially well along the sides of roads or next to train routes.
, more aletophilous, most aletophilous
Pertaining to thriving on roadside verges and beside railway tracks.
aletophily (s) (noun)
, aletophilies (pl)
A special interest in existing on the edges of streets and public or private roads.
alkaliphile (s) (noun)
, alkaliphiles (pl)
An attraction to salt or a mixture of salts that neutralize acids which are usually found in some desert soils.
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