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.

furniphilist
A collector of door knobs.
fusiophilist (s) (noun), fusiophilists (pl)
A collector of muskets.
gastrocartephilist (s) (noun), gastrocartephilists (pl)
A collector of menu cards: Jason was looking forward to the annual convention of gastrocartephilists as he had several new restaurant publications to show his friends.
gastrophile (s) (noun), gastrophiles (pl)
Someone who loves and pampers his stomach with good eating: Since Greg and his wife had an extreme weakness for the finest foods, they always went to the best restaurants where they, as gastrophiles, could indulge in the best meals.
A person who is fond of giving a lot of attention to his or her stomach.
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geophile
geophilic
1. Living or thriving in soil.
2. Relating to plants that fruit below the soil surface.
geophilomorpha
Small elongated centipedes living in soil and under stones and having more than 30 pairs of legs.
geophilous
1. Dwelling and thriving or growing in soil.
2. A reference to plants that have fruit below the surface of the earth or soil or to animals more properly referred to as burrowing.
geophily
gerontophile
A person who loves old people.
gerontophilia
A special fondness or love for old people.
gerontophilic
gerontophilism
gerontophily
gerophilia
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.