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.
nemophilist (s) (noun)
, neophilists (pl)
A person who has a special love of groves of trees: Rupert is a confirmed nemophilist
and has purchased a farm with a section of birch trees on it so he can wander peacefully among them.
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A reference to having a love of forests or groves.
nemophily (s) (noun)
, nemophilies (pl)
A fondness for groves or trees.
The attraction, or inclination; usually of animals, to approach unfamiliar objects or situations.
Any creature which thrives in pastures.
In biology, thriving in pastures.
A person who is morbidly attracted by sickness or disease.
A collector of bank notes.
, more noterophilous, most noterophilous
In biology, a reference to thriving in mesic (moderate moisture) habitats.
A chemical compound or group that is attracted to nuclei and tends to donate or share electrons.
A fondness for night or darkness.
A person who has an abnormal preference for darkness or night.
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