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.

dendrophily
dereinoperphile
A collector of fur items or a fondness for objects made of fur.
dereinoperphilist
dientomophilous (adjective), more dientomophilous, most dientomophilous
In biology, a reference to a plant that is pollinated by two different insect species and having two kinds of flowers each adapted for one of the insect pollinators.
dientomophily
digitectophile
A collector of thimbles or a fondness for collecting thimbles.
digitectophilist
diminutophilist
diminutophilist (s) (noun), diminutophilists (pl)
A collector of bric-a-brac miniatures.
discophile
A collector of or specialist in phonograph records and compact discs [CD's].
discophilist
dolliophile
A collector of straw works or a fondness for objects made of straw.
dolliophilist
drimyphile
drimyphilous
In biology, dwelling and thriving in salty areas.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.