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.

pyrophiles
Plants which actually require fire for reproduction.
pyrophilous
1. An abnormal attraction to fires by starting, or watching, them.
2. Plants that quickly start growing in areas that have been burned recently.
pyrophily
Plants that grow on ground which has been recently burnt over.
pyroxylophile
pyroxylophilous
Thriving on, or having a fondness, for burned wood.
pyroxylophily
quamtophilist
A collector of novelties.
queselcardophilist, queselcardophile
A collector of radio-ham cards.
qumtophile
razrapophilist
A collector of razor-blade packets.
rhabdoidephilist
A collector of oddly shaped twigs.
rheophile
rheophilous
In biology, thriving in or having an affinity for running water; said of an organism that prefers, or is confined to, running water.
rheophily
rhizophile
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.