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.

limiphilous
limiphily
limnophile
limnophilous
limnophily
In biology, thriving in lakes or ponds.
lipophilic
1. Having an affinity for fat; pertaining to or characterized by lipophilia.
2. Absorbing, dissolving, or being dissolved in lipids; used particularly in reference to certain stains or dyes.
lithophile
An element that forms silicates or oxides and is concentrated in the minerals of the earth's crust, rather than in the core or mantle.
lithophilous
Thriving in stony or rocky habitats.
lithophily
Existing and thriving in stony or rocky habitats; such as, plants, insects, animals, etc.
lochmodophile
A thriving in dry thickets.
lochmodophilous
lochmophile
Thriving in thickets.
lochmophilous
lochmophily
In biology, thriving in thickets.
logophile
One who loves words or who has a special fondness for words.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.