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.

carpophile
carpophily
cartophile
A collector of cigarette cards.
cartophilist
castanophile
A collector of horse chestnuts.
castanophilist
cemetophile
A collector of statues or the love of collecting statues.
cemetophilist
ceraunophilia, keraunophilia (s) (noun); ceraunophilias, keraunophilias (pl)
A special fondness for thunderstorms.
cerecopephile
A collector of parian figures (a fine, white marble, or porcelain, found in Paros). Paros is a Greek island in the Cyclades chain.
cerecophilist
ceremaskophile
A collector of stirrup cups.
ceremaskophilist
ceremophile
A collector of compliment slips [a piece of paper printed with the name and address of a company, that is sent with a package instead of a letter].
ceremophilist
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.