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[bahy-oh-fil-ee-uh, ‐feel-yuh]
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  1. a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms.
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Origin of biophilia

1960–65; < New Latin “love of life” from bio- + -philia; coined by Erich Fromm in The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil (1964) to mean “love for humanity and nature, and independence and freedom”; extended by Edward O. Wilson in Biophilia (1984) to mean “the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.”
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British Dictionary definitions for biophilia


  1. an innate love for the natural world, supposed to be felt universally by humankind
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Word Origin

C20: bio + -philia
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