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, preferring and thriving in moderately dry situations.
A collector of pairs of anything and everything.
1. An amicable relationship between one organism [the symphile] and its host colony of social insects.
2. An insect that lives with ants or other social insects as a guest in a relationship of symphilism.
3. A term for a kind of friendly symbiosis or commensalism existing between ants or termites and certain other insects; such as, certain beetles that they feed and tend as guests and which, in some cases, yield a sweet substance as food for the hosts.
In biology, living on dry sandbars.
A collector of dentures.
A collector of silver mugs.
1. An excessive interest in graves and cemeteries.
2. A love or fondness for funerals.
3. A love of funerals, graves, and cemeteries.
4. In psychiatry, a morbid attraction to graves and cemeteries.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.