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.
acrodendrophile (s) (noun)
, acrodendrophiles (pl)
Animals or plants which dwell in the tops of tall forests:
, more acrodendrophilous, most acrodendrophilous
A description of creatures that live in treetop areas.
acrodendrophily (s) (noun)
, acrodendrophilies (pl)
An abode of various animals in the tops of trees; either for an extended time or for a short period: In the spring, when Virginia was on her way to school, she could see examples of acrodendrophilies, consisting of gray herons, building their nests in the crests of the towering trees beside the road where they were also able to get food from the nearby river.
acrophile (s) (noun)
, acrophiles (pl)
Anyone who inhabits the mountains or strongly prefers being in the alpine regions.
, more acrophilous, most acrophilous
Pertaining to those who have a strong preference for staying in lofty peaks rather than living in the lowlands.
acrophily (s) (noun)
, acrophilies (pl)
Individuals who idolize being present in high rugged or hilly elevations:
actophile (s) (noun)
, actophiles (pl)
Creatures, or even humans, which prefer or have a special fondness for living on seashores or beaches.
, more actophilous, most actophilous
A reference to existing on rocky seashores or growing in coastal areas.
actophily (s) (noun)
, actophilies (pl)
People, including animals, who definitely favor being near the sea waters.
aelophile (s) (noun)
, aelophiles (pl)
Any plants or their seeds, insects, or other creatures which are dispersed to other places by the wind: Being aelophiles, the dandelions let the wind or soft breezes distribute their seeds to different places in the early summer.
, more aelophilous, most aelophilous
A reference to plants that are distributed by stormy winds: The aelophilous plants from Jim’s untidy garden spread a huge amount of pollen in the neighborhood.
aelophily (s) (noun)
, aelophilies (pl)
Anything which is scattered by the wind to other locations: On the wheat land, aelophilies started to grow after the stormy winds of the season.
aelurophile (s) (noun)
, aelurophiles (pl)
A person who has a special love of, or a fondness for, cats: Lynn's sister must be an aelurophile because she absolutely adores her little purring fuzzball.
aelurophilic, ailurophilic (s) (adjective)
; more aelurophilic, more ailurophilic; most aelurophilic, most ailurophilic
A reference to anyone who has a special fondness for cats.
, more aelurophilous, most aelurophilous
Relating to people who have strong affections for tabbies in general.
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