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 child that has more affection for the father than the mother.
1. Thriving in uplands or higher soil levels.
2. Plants and animals that prefer higher ground in a region, in contrast to a valley, plain, or other low-lying land.
pelagophilous (adjective) (not comparable)
In biology, thriving in the open surface waters of the sea: Pelagophilous fish, as the tolstolobik and the chekhon, deposit their roe for development in the open ocean.
In biology, any organism (plant and/or animal) that dwells and thrives in mud-banks.
Existing, dwelling, and thriving in mud-banks.
The dwelling and thriving of organisms in mud-banks.
1. Any creature thriving in habitats rich in clay.
2. A plant growing in mud or clay.
1. The thriving of creatures in habitats rich in clay.
2. Vegetation growing in mud or clay.
1. In biology, thriving in habitats rich in clay.
2. A plant growing in mud or clay.
A collector of pewterware.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.