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.
calcardophilist (s) (noun)
, calcardophilist (pl)
In biology, thriving in environments rich in calcium salts; boring into calcareous shells.
A collector of dog collars.
callinebephile (s) (noun)
, callinebephiles (pl)
Anyone who has a love for using nibs or quill pens as tools for producing artistic and enhancing hand-written documents.
callinebephilist (s) (noun)
, callinebephilists (pl)
Someone who has a fondness for possessing nibs or quill pens (a nib refers to the point of a quill pen) or the collecting of fountain-pen points used in stylish penmanship.
campanophile (s) (noun)
, campanophiles (pl)
A collector of bells, a fondness for collecting bells.
campnophilist (s) (noun)
, campnophilists (pl)
One who has a special fondness for dogs.
A special love, or fondness, for dogs.
, more capnophilic, most capnophilic
Relating to growing best with added carbon dioxide; said of certain kinds of bacteria.
capsulaphile (s) (noun)
, capsulaphiles (pl)
A collector of ships in bottles or a fondness for collecting such objects.
capsulaphilist (s) (noun)
, capsulaphilists (pl)
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