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.

alkaliphilic (adjective), more alkaliphilic, most alkaliphilic
Relating to the survival of living forms in igneous rocks that contain a lot of sodium and potassium.
alkalophile
allophilous
A reference to a plant that lacks morphological adaptations for attracting and guiding pollinators.
allophily
alsophile
alsophilous
Thriving in woody grove habitats.
alsophily
Thriving in woody (forest) grove habitats.
amathophile
Living in sandy plains or soils.
amathophilous
amathophily
Amerindophile
A collector of Red Indian paraphernalia or articles.
Amerindophilist
ammochthophile
ammochthophilous
Dwelling on or exhibiting a preference for sand banks.
ammochthophily
Thriving on banks of sand or sand banks.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.