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.
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)
, 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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