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 narrow-gauge cinemas.
A collector of motor horns.
A collector of bottle labels.
One who collects or the collecting of beer bottle labels.
A collector of cheese labels.
laconophile (s) (noun), laconophiles (pl)
Anyone who has a love or fondness for Lacedaemon, or Sparta, in Laconia, and its culture and laws; "Those laconophiles who admire the Spartans, praise their valor in war, their military successes, their aristocratic and virtuous ways, the stable order of their political life, and their constitution, with its tripartite mixed government."

"The term, tripartite refers to a form of government which integrated aspects of democracy, oligarchy, and monarchy."

1. Anyone who has a fondness for talking.
2. A person who loves to talk whenever possible.
A collector of cowboy gear.
A collector of brassware.
Thriving in sewers and drains.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.