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.

chalcophile
In geochemistry, an element having a strong affinity for sulfur, and therefore tending to be more abundant in sulfide minerals and ores than in other types of rock.
chalcophilic
chalicodophile
chalicodophilous
In biology, thriving or dwelling on gravel slides.
chalicodophily
chalicophile
chalicophilous
In biology, thriving on gravel slides.
chalicophily
chartophile
One who collects maps.
chartophilist
chasmophile
chasmophilous
In biology, thriving or dwelling in rock crevices, chinks, fissures, crannies, and chasms.
chasmophily
checkephile
A collector of door stops.
checkephilist
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.