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.

ornithocophile
ornithocophilous
In biology, living and thriving on the excreta of birds.
ornithocophily
ornithocoprophile
Organisms thriving in habitats rich in bird droppings or feces.
ornithocoprophilous
ornithophilous
1. A love of birds; or, in biology, pollination by birds.
2. The pollination of plants by the actions of birds.
ornithophily
orophile
orophilic
Thriving in mountainous regions; said of an animal organism; especially, an insect.
orophilous
In biology, thriving in subalpine, or in mountainous regions.
orophily
osmophile
Thriving in a medium of high osmotic concentration.
osmophilic
1. Having an affinity for solutions of high osmotic pressure.
2. Having an affinity for osmium, and therefore having a black appearance under the light microscope.
osmophily
The attraction for certain smells or odors.
oxidephilist
A collector of enamel work.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.