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 special reference to a fondness for steep rocks; especially, by "mountain" goats.
philocubist (s) (noun), philocubists (pl)
Someone who loves playing with cubes which are usually made of plastic and have from one up to six dots on each of their six square sides: In the evenings after work, Jack, who was a philocubist, often played dice with his friends and he was so successful at winning that he even participated in dice tournaments! 
Someone who is fond of dice games.
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Loving dogs, a fondness of dogs.
A fondness, love, or concern for people in general.
One who has a special fondness for trees.
philodendron (s) (noun), philodendra (pl)
1. Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants.
2. A climbing evergreen plant characterized by smooth, shiny, leaves; often grown as a houseplant; found in tropical America.
3. Via Modern Latin, from Greek, philodendros, "loving trees" because it climbs or twines around trees in its native habitat.
One who loves tyranny.
philodox (s) (noun), philodoxes (pl)
A person who is especially fond of his or her own opinions or someone who loves to hear himself or herself talk; a chatterbox: Greg was a philodox who was convinced that he always had the right answers for everything and so he never hesitated to pass such information on to his fellow workers and even his superiors.
A person who loves his own opinions more than those of others.
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philodoxical (adjective), more philodoxical, most philodoxical
A reference to someone who loves his or her own opinions; an argumentative or dogmatic person.
philofelinist (s) (noun), philofelinists (pl)
Someone who has a fondness and a love for tabbies: Rene's grandmother is an example of a philofelinist who always had an abnormal number of alley cats, calico cats, and tomcats living with her.
Woman has an excessive fondness for cats.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.