Words nearby -philous
WORDS THAT USE -PHILOUS
What does -philous mean?
The combining form -philous is used like a suffix meaning “liking” or “having an affinity for.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
The form -philous comes from Greek -philos, which means “loving” or “dear.”
While -philous doesn’t have any variants, it is related to six other combining forms: -phile, -philia, -philiac, -philic, -philism, and -phily. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.
Examples of -philous
An example of a scientific term that features the form -philous is dendrophilous, “living in or on trees; arboreal.”
The dendro- part of the word means “tree,” from Greek déndron, while -philous means “liking.” Dendrophilous literally translates to “tree-liking.”
What are some words that use the combining form –philous?
- geophilous (using the equivalent form of -philous in Latin)
What are some other forms that -philous may be commonly confused with?
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The combining form xero- means “dry.” With this in mind, what does the biological term xerophilous mean in everyday language?