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.

In biology, thriving in deep-sea areas (deep waters).
Thriving in meadows.
In biology, dwelling and thriving in meadows.
Someone (or something) who is fond of rivers.
Thriving in rivers; a fondness for rivers.
In biology, dwelling and thriving in rivers.
A collector of teapots or collections of teapots.
A fondness for collecting ammunition.
proliferophilist (s) (noun), proliferophilists (pl)
A collector of miscellaneous items: James, known to be a proliferophilist, had a lot of interests and loved to go to antique stores where he always found an unusual item or two, and therefore accumulated numerous objects over the years.
protozoophilous (adjective) (not comparable)
In biology, concerning the pollination by protozoa: The action of protozoophilous single-celled microscopic animals besides protozoa can be seen with regard to some aquatic plants.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.