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.
Thriving in habitats having a low nitrogen content.
ombrophile (s) (noun)
, ombrophiles (pl)
Plants and animals that are capable of surviving with a lot of water vapor in the air and on the ground: Various forms of vegetation and zoological species that live in tropical and rainy regions are examples of ombrophiles.
, more ombrophilic, most ombrophilic
Referring to species that exist where there is a great deal of rain.
, more ombrophilous, most ombrophilous
Descriptive of plants and animals that thrive in environments where there is an abundance of rain.
ombrophily (s) (noun)
; ombrophilies (pl)
Various species of animals and plants that can tolerate areas which have prolonged periods of rainfall.
Someone who has a special fondness for snakes and other reptiles.
A collector of snake skins.
In biology, thriving or feeding on plant sap (juice).
A reference to that which is attracted to opsonins.
A collector of eye glasses.
In biology, dwelling and thriving in open woodlands.
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