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.

1. In biology, dwelling and thriving in desert regions.
2. In psychiatry, a morbid desire to be alone.
ergophile (s) (noun), ergophiles (pl)
Someone who is fond of and devoted to working: Mr. Busy is an ergophile who is known to love his job so much that he even takes some work from his office to do at home.
Anyone who loves to work.
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A special love or desire for working.
A collector o stamps other than those used for postage; such as, Christmas seals, tax stamps, etc.
eruciphilous (adjective), more eruciphilous, most eruciphilous
Pertaining to a special fondness for caterpillars.
Easily stained with red.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.