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

Origin of -philous

< Latin -philus < Greek -philos. See -phile, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -philous



adj combining form

indicating love of or fondness forheliophilous

Word Origin for -philous

from Latin -philus, from Greek -philos; see -phile
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Medicine definitions for -philous



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