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.

hippophile
A special fondness, or love, of horses.
hippophilous (adjective), more hippophilous, most hippophilous
Pertaining to a fondness for or a love of horses.
histophilous
In biology, inhabiting living-host tissue; parasitic.
hobophilist
A collector of garden gnomes.
hodophile (s) (noun), hodophiles (pl)
Someone who is fond of or who loves traveling.
homophile (s) (noun), homophiles (pl)
A person who has a fondness for doing the same thing over and over or for repetitions of certain activities.
homunculophilist
A collector of figurines.
hostelaphile
hostelaphilist
A collector of or the collecting of outdoor iss signs.
hostelaphily
hydroanemophily
Thriving in water and wind; a reference to plants that discharge air-borne spores after getting wet and producing structures.
hydrophile
hydrophilic
In chemistry, having an affinity for the absorption of water.
hydrophilous
1. Thriving in wet or aquatic habitats.
2. Pollinated by waterborne pollen.
3. Having an affinity for water; readily absorbing or dissolving in water.
hydrophily
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.