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 glass vases.
One who professes a love of music.
musophile (s) (noun), msophiles (pl)
Someone or those who have a love for or a fondness for mice.
mycophile (s) (noun), mycophiles (pl)
Enthusiastic people who collect mushrooms for their meals: Some mycophiles have a hobby of hunting for edible mushrooms in special locations in wild areas.
In biology, a reference to plants that are fertilized via dipterous flies.
1. Pollinated by ants or termites.
2. Comprising both pollination and myrmecophytism and all the techniques plants use to attract and reward ants.
A reference to a condition involving a pathological attraction to soiled or filthy material or people.
In biology, dwelling and thriving in brooks and streams.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.