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.

photophile
1. In biology, thriving in conditions where there is full light.
2. Loving light, tending towards a lighted region; thriving best in abundant light.
photophilia
1. Thriving in light; said of organisms.
2. Thriving in intense light.
photophilic (adjective), more photophilic, most photophilic
Descriptive of anyone or any creature that desires light or is especially fond of light.
photophilous (adjective), more photophilous, most photophilous
1. In biology, relating to plants or animals that thrive in light.
2. Conveying a strong attraction for light.
phreatophile
phreatophilous
In biology, thriving in ground-water habitats.
phreatophily
phretophile
Organisms thriving in water tanks.
phretophilous
In biology, characterized by thriving in water tanks.
phycophile
In biology, thriving in algae-rich habitats or living on algae.
phycophile
phycophilic
phycophily
physiophilosophy (s) (noun), physiophilosophies (pl)
A well-informed aspect of the principles of natural history.
phytophilist
A collector of plants (flowers, etc.).
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.