-philous

-philous

a combining form meaning “liking,” “having an affinity for” that specified by the initial element: dendrophilous.
Compare -philic.


Origin:
< Latin -philus < Greek -philos. See -phile, -ous

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-philia
 
n combining form
1.  indicating a tendency towards: haemophilia
2.  indicating an abnormal liking for: necrophilia
 
[from Greek philos loving]
 
-philiac
 
n combining form
 
-philous
 
adj combining form
 
-philic
 
adj combining form

-philous or -philic
 
adj combining form
indicating love of or fondness for: heliophilous
 
[from Latin -philus, from Greek -philos; see -phile]
 
-philic or -philic
 
adj combining form
 
[from Latin -philus, from Greek -philos; see -phile]

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-philous or -philic
suff.
Having a strong affinity or preference for; loving: necrophilous.

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