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.

chiropterophile (s) (noun), chiropterophiles (pl)
Bats that have a fondness for pollen found in flowers: Although many nocturnal flying mammals are after insects or small mice and other small vertebrates, there are some that are chiropterophiles which specialize in collecting pollen instead.
chiropterophilous (adjective), more chiropterophilous, most chiropterophilous
In biology, a reference to plants pollinated by Chiropteras: The chiropterophilous bats help plants to reproduce by pollination as they transfer pollen from the anthers to the stigmas while they are licking the nectar in the flowers.
chledophile
chledophilous
In biology, dwelling or thriving in rubbish heaps.
chledophily
chomophile
chomophilous
In biology, thriving in wastelands and rubbish heaps.
chomophily
chromophilic
chromulithophile
A collector of music-title pages.
chromulithophilist
chrymosymphile
chrymosymphilous
chrymosymphily
In biology, an amicable relationship between ants and lepidopterous [butterfly and moth] larvae, based on the scent produced by the larvae.
chrysophile
A lover of gold; a special desire for gold.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.