philo-

a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “loving” (philology ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (philoprogenitive ).
Also, especially before a vowel, phil-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of phílos loving, dear

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philo- or (before a vowel) phil-
 
combining form
indicating a love of: philology; philanthropic
 
[from Greek philos loving]
 
phil- or (before a vowel) phil-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek philos loving]

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philo-
Gk. philo-, comb. form of philos "dear" (adj.), "friend" (n.), from philein "to love," of unknown origin. Productive of a great many compounds in ancient Gk.
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