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.

heliophilic (adjective), more heliophilic, most heliophilic
A reference to any organism or plants which are living, well-adapted to, or thriving in full sunlight.
heliophilous (adjective), more heliophilous, most heliophilous
1. In biology, a reference to the thriving of plants and animals in sun-light or under conditions of high-light intensity.
2. A situation in which some desert organisms have adapted to both strong sunlight and to drought.
heliophily (s) (noun), heliophilies (pl)
The living or existence of living plants and animals that are adapted to, and thriving well in an environment of sunshine.
helioxerophile
A reference to desert organisms that thrive best in both strong sunlight and dry conditions.
helioxerophilous
A reference to desert creatures and plants that thrive well in both strong sunlight and drought situations.
helioxerophily
The preference of desert organisms that thrive best in both strong sunlight and dry conditions.
helogadophile
helogadophilous
In biology, dwelling and thriving in swampy woodlands.
helogadophily
helohylophile
helohylophilous
In biology, thriving in wet or swampy forests.
helohylophily
helolochmophile
helolochmophilous
In biology, thriving in meadow-thicket habitats.
helolochmophily
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.