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 fondness for, or an excessive fondness for, a physician or for physicians in general.
One who has a special fondness or love of fish (or fishes).
Ichthyologist finds his sick fish and is greatly concerned.
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A collector of fishing tackles.
1. A connoisseur of pictures, engravings, book illustrations, and the like; hence, having a special taste for these objects.
2. Someone who loves icons, illustrations, pictures, etc.
The love of images (or icons).
infracaninophile (s) (noun), infracaninophiles (pl)
A defender, supporter, or champion of the underdog: "An underdog is a person or a group that is in a competition and it is frequently related to someone in electoral politics, sports and creative works, and who is usually expected to lose."
A collector of cigar bands.
Readily combining with or staining with iodine.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.