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.

cheradophile
cheradophilous
In biology, thriving or dwelling on wet sandbars.
cheradophily
chersophile
chersophilous
In biology, thriving in dry wasteland habitats.
chersophily
chianophile
A plant that can endure long snowy winters, or one that requires snow cover in winter.
chimnophilous
Thriving during the winter; primarily a reference to plants that exhibit maximum development during the winter.
chimonophile
1. Someone who enjoys or is fond of cold winters.
2. Plants that exhibit maximum development during the winter.
chimonophilous
1. A reference to plants that exhibit maximum development during the winter.
2. A description of plants that thrive or grow during winter.
chimonophily
In biology, plants that thrive or exist better during the winter season.
chinophile
Snow-loving; usually used to describe plants that have grown through a snow cover.
chionophile
Any animal that thrives in winter conditions; especially, one that thrives in snow.
chionophilous
In biology, thriving in snow-covered habitats.
chionophily
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.