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.

One who collects almanacs.
A collector of marbles.
A term for sexual arousal by way of someone's armpits.
A child who has more affection, or love, for the mother than the father.
mazophile (s) (noun), mazophiles (pl)
Someone who is sexually stimulated or excited by female breasts.
mazophilous (adjective), more mazophilous, most mazophilous
Pertaining to or referring to mammary mania or an excessive interest in breasts.
An organism that thrives in or on black loam.
The existence of organisms that thrive in or on black loam.
A reference to organisms that thrive in or on black loam.
1. Thriving in association with bees; a reference to an organism that spends part of its life cycle in association with bees.
2. Pollinated by bees.
In biology, attractive to bumble bees.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.