philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism
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.
, 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.
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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.
, 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".
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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