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 prayer rugs.
A collector of handkerchiefs.
nautumephilist (s) (noun), nautumephilists (pl)
A collector of naval uniforms.
The process of pollinating done by carrion beetles.
necroentomophilous (adjective), more necroentomophilous, most necroentomophilous
In biology, a reference to being fertilized by carrion beetles.
In psychiatry, a person who is morbidly attracted to corpses; also attributed and figuratively, a morbid fancy for the dead, or for contact with dead bodies.

An obsessive fascination with death and corpses.

In psychiatry, a morbid desire to be in the presence of dead bodies.
Having a preference for dead tissue, a reference to certain bacteria.
1. A morbid fondness for being in the presence of dead bodies.
2. A morbid yearning for death.
nemophilic (adjective)
Descriptive of having a fondness for groves or small woods.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.