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.

ancophily
androgynophile
androgynophilia
In psychiatry, denoting loving relationships with a man and a woman either with another man or another woman.
androgynophily
andromimetophile
andromimetophilia
In psychiatry, a loving relationship which is dependent on the subject being the partner of a male impersonator.
andromimetophily
androphile
1. Having a fondness for a man, by either a woman (female androphilia) or a man (male androphilia).
2. In biology, thriving, existing, or living in proximity to mankind and preferring such closeness: "Certain mosquitoes are androphiles in that they prefer to get blood from humans instead of animals."
androphilia
androphilic
androphilous
Living or dwelling in proximity to mankind.
androphily
anemophile
A plant that is pollinated by wind-carried pollen or spores.
anemophilous
The pollination or dispersal of spores or pollen of plants by means of the wind.
anemophily
1. Dispersed by wind.
2. Applied to plants (flowers, trees, etc.) that are fertilized by pollen conveyed by the wind; pollinated by wind-blown pollen.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.