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.

oligonitrophily
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.
ombrophilic (adjective), more ombrophilic, most ombrophilic
Referring to species that exist where there is a great deal of rain.
ombrophilous (adjective), 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.
ophiophilist
Someone who has a special fondness for snakes and other reptiles.
A man is an ophiophilist who loves his serpent pets.
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ophisophilist
A collector of snake skins.
opophile
opophilous
In biology, thriving or feeding on plant sap (juice).
opophily
opsonophilic (adjective)
A reference to that which is attracted to opsonins.
opticophilist
A collector of eye glasses.
orgadophile
orgadophilous
In biology, dwelling and thriving in open woodlands.
orgadophily
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.