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 collector of barbed wire.
A collector of souvenir China.
An enthusiast for the gramophone and gramophone records.
A collector of religious tracts.
gymnophily (s) (noun), gymnophilies (pl)
A special fondness for not wearing raiment or apparel: Because of her gymnophily, the young woman was looking for a group of people with similar desires, so she joined a nudist colony.
A love for and attraction to women.
Someone who is fond of nibbling on a woman's ear.
A plant living in gypsiferous (chalky) soil.
1. A microorganism requiring a high concentration of salt for optimal growth.
2. Any life form that thrives in saline environments.
A reference to or characterized by an affinity for salt; applied to microorganisms that require a high concentration of salt for optimal growth.
Existing in saline habitats; such as, plants that thrive in salty soil; halophilic, halophily.
1. In biology, thriving in saline, or salty, habitats.
2. An organism that grows in or can tolerate saline conditions.
3. A microorganism whose growth is enhanced by or dependent on a high concentration of salt.
heliophile (s) (noun), heliophiles (pl)
Any living creature or vegetation that is well-adapted to or thriving in full sunlight conditions.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.