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.

A pigeon-fancier; of or pertaining to pigeon-fanciers.
conchadophile (s) (noun), conchadophiles (pl)
A collector of shellcrafts (objects made from sea shells).
conchadophilist (s) (noun), consecraphilists (pl)
Having an affinity to Congo red dye, such as the amyloid deposits within the senile plaques of Alzheimer's disease.
coniophile (s) (noun), coniophiles (pl)
coniophilous (adjective), more coniophilous, most coniophilous
coniophily (s) (noun), coniophilies (pl)
A kind of fungus that thrives with dust or earth powder: Lichens, or plants, that live on tree trunks, rocks, or bare ground and survive by being covered with a coat of dust.
consecraphile (s) (noun), consecraphiles (pl)
Someone who has a special desire to collect religious objects: Elizabeth's elderly friend was a devoted consecraphile who had boxes of religious objects that she had collected from many different religions around the world.
A collector of puzzle jugs.
1. A collector of publicity keyrings (key-rings).
2. Etymology: Greek kope, "handle" + kleis, "key" + -phile, "fondness for".
A feces-loving organism.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.