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.

pontophile
pontophilous
In biology, thriving in deep-sea areas (deep waters).
pontophily
poophile
Thriving in meadows.
poophilous
In biology, dwelling and thriving in meadows.
poophily
potamophile
Someone (or something) who is fond of rivers.
potamophilous
Thriving in rivers; a fondness for rivers.
potamophily
In biology, dwelling and thriving in rivers.
potruspytophilist
A collector of teapots or collections of teapots.
potruspytophily
projectilephily
A fondness for collecting ammunition.
proliferophile
proliferophilist
A collector of miscellaneous items.
protozoophilous
In biology, pollinated by Protozoa or other microscopic animals, as in some aquatic plants.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.