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.
In psychiatry, denoting loving relationships with a man and a woman either with another man or another woman.
In psychiatry, a loving relationship which is dependent on the subject being the partner of a male impersonator.
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."
Living or dwelling in proximity to mankind.
anemophile (s) (noun)
, anemophiles (pl)
A plant that is pollinated by wind-carried pollen or spores: It can also be stated that an anemophile can be a tree that produces pollen that is distributed by the wind, like the birch, maple, and oak.
In botany, referring to the pollination or dispersal of spores or pollen of plants by means of the wind: Grasses can be anemonphilous because they are fertilized by the transfer of pollen which is conveyed by air currents or breezes.
anemophily (s) (noun) (no pl)
A type of pollination dispersed by wind: Anemophily is a kind of fertilization which is applied to flowers, trees, etc. that are pollinated by the wind.
Someone who admires England, its people, its culture, or to what is English.
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