philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism
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.
, more aigialophilous, most aigialophilous
Pertaining to the life in beach environments: There are many aigialophilous creatures found in beach habitats, including mussels, shore crabs, shrimps, and starfish.
aigialophily (s) (noun)
, aigialophilies (pl)
A preference for spending one's life near the ocean: Ever since Martin was little, he always wanted to live close to the sea and discovered that the term for this was aigialophily"
, more ailurophilous, most ailurophilous
Descriptive of a special love or fondness for cats: Virginia's sister had an ailurophilous affection towards felines and had at least one in her home to keep her company.
ailurophily (s) (noun)
, ailurophilies (pl)
A special attraction for felines: Sensing her condition of ailurophily, Carol always preferred cats to dogs and had at least one cat living with her in her condo.
aiphyllophile (s) (noun)
, aiphyllophiles (pl)
That which is especially suited for inhabiting the woods that remain green throughout the year: There are many aiphyllophiles, including bears, foxes, and weasels, that dwell in green forest areas.
, more aiphyllophilous, most aiphyllophilous
Characteristic of anything that develops in evergreen woodlands: Some aiphyllophilous animals whose habitats are in forests are bobcats, beavers, and coyotes.
aiphyllophily (s) (noun)
, aiphyllophilies (pl)
The preference that some creatures have of living in trees that don't seasonally shed their leaves: Lynn learned in class about aiphyllophily which described those living forms of life, like insects and birds, that thrive in trees.
aithalophile (s) (noun)
, aithalophiles (pl)
An organism which grows especially well in forested areas where the trees keep their foliage throughout the year: There are some life forms that thrive in evergreen areas or thickest, for example the Juniper Moss.
, more aithalophilous, most aithalophilous
Referring to the existence of certain creatures in evergreen thickets. dwelling in evergreen thickets: Moose, caribou, racoons, owls are just some aithalophilous life forms that inhabit deciduous forests.
aithalophily (s) (noun)
, aithalophilies (pl)
The growth of animals or plants in deciduous forests: The inhabitants, or aithalophilies, of evergreen woodland areas are usually mosses, ferns, and wildflowers.
alcoholophilia (s) (noun)
, alcoholophilias (pl)
A craving or strong desire for intoxicating drinks or other fermented liquids: When Jack was very depressed he had a spell of alcoholophilia which he thought would make his problems less dramatic and troublesome.
aletophile (s) (noun)
, aletophiles (pl)
Living things that prosper especially well along the sides of roads or next to train routes: There are lots of open spaces next to train tracks allowing a variety of weeds, or aletophiles, to grow and thrive.
, more aletophilous, most aletophilous
Pertaining to thriving on roadside verges and beside railway tracks: There are some common aletophilous roadside flowers, including the lupines and borages.
aletophily (s) (noun)
, aletophilies (pl)
The tendency for living forms of life to exist on the edges of streets and public or private roads: The aletophily of uncontrollable plants can be harmful to railroad tracks and present further problems, so a railroad vegetation management is important.
alkaliphile (s) (noun)
, alkaliphiles (pl)
An organism that exists and grows in an alkaline habitat: Alkaliphiles are attracted to salt or a mixture of salts that neutralize acids which are usually found in some desert soils.
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