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.

philotheism (s) (noun), philotheisms (pl)
The love of God.
philotheist (s) (noun), philotheists (pl)
A person who loves God: "Philotheists are those who have a love of and devotion to God."
philotherian (s) (noun), philotherians (pl)
Someone who has a special love for animals: Ever since Janice was a child, she loved her pets and considered herself a philotherian and so her objective was to study and become a veterinarian someday.
philotherian (adjective), more philotherian, most philotherian
Relating to someone who is fond of animals and devotes his or her life to taking care of them: Marvin was a philotherian worker at a zoo which involved a great deal of devotion and dedication to providing the best environments and food supplies possible for the animals living there.
Conveying a fondness for animals.
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A fondness for animals.
1. In biology, thriving in a warm climate.
2. A plant that completes its life cycle only in a warm environment.
Thriving in, and preferring, a warm climate.
philothermic (adjective), more philothermic, most philothermic
A reference to existing in a warm climate.
One who is fond of or who is happiest when entertaining strangers.
philtrum (s) (noun), philtra (pl)
1. The vertical and shallow groove going down the external and middle surface of the face below the nose and above the upper lip: The primary meaning of philtrum is said to be "love potion" which indicates that this facial feature has seductive or attractive and alluring powers.
2. Etymology: from ancient Greek philtron then from Latin philtrum, "love charm"; literally, "a means to make oneself beloved"; phileo, "to love, to kiss".
Area below the nose and above the lips of humans.
A collector of gramophones or old disks (records) that are played on gramophones.
The collecting of phonograph records which is done by a phonophile or phonophiles.
1. In biology, thriving in conditions where there is full light.
2. Loving light, tending towards a lighted region; thriving best in abundant light.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.