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a combining form meaning “liking,” “having an affinity for” that specified by the initial element:
Compare -philic.
Origin of -philous
< Latin -philus < Greek -philos. See -phile, -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -philous


combining form
indicating love of or fondness for: heliophilous
Word Origin
from Latin -philus, from Greek -philos; see -phile
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-philous in Medicine

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

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