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.

hydrotribophile (s) (noun), hydrotribophiles (pl)
Plants and animals that thrive in badlands [an arid or semi-arid area with scanty vegetation and marked surface erosion; or an area of barren land having roughly eroded ridges, peaks, and mesas].
hydrotribophilous (adjective)
hygrophile
Any creature thriving in moist habitats.
hygrophilic
Having an affinity for moisture.
hygrophilous
1. A description of plants that are adapted to growing in damp places.
2. Preferring, or living, where there is an abundance of moisture.
hygrophily
Any organism that thrives, or prefers, living in moist habitats or places.
hylodophile
hylodophilous
hylodophily
Thriving in dry open woodland.
hylophile
hylophilous
hylophily
In biology, thriving in or living in forests.
hyperphilia
In psychiatry, an inexact, pseudoscientific term referring to a state of being “oversexed”, a judgment frequently based on a comparison with the rater’s own level of sexual responsiveness.
hyperthermophile
Thriving best in temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius or higher.
iatrophile
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.