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philo-

1.
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, in connecting his doctrine of the logos with scripture, first of all bases on gen.
British Dictionary definitions for philo

philo-

combining form
1.
indicating a love of philology, philanthropic
Word Origin
from Greek philos loving
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Word Origin and History for philo

philo-

before vowels phil-, word-forming element meaning "loving, fond of, tending to," from Greek philo-, comb. form of philos "dear" (adj.), "friend" (n.), from philein "to love," of unknown origin. Productive of a great many compounds in ancient Greek.

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