[ bahy-oh-fil-ee-uh, ‐feel-yuh ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪl i ə, ‐ˈfil yə /
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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; from New Latin: literally, “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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Example sentences from the Web for biophilia
Following the domed horticultural wonderland in its Seattle headquarters, it’s the company’s second grand monument to the biophilia hypothesis, which holds that humans have an innate urge to be close to nature.Amazon’s Helix is the latest twist on spiral-shaped architecture|Anne Quito|February 5, 2021|Quartz
British Dictionary definitions for biophilia
/ (ˌbaɪəʊˈfɪlɪə) /
an innate love for the natural world, supposed to be felt universally by humankind
Word Origin for biophilia
C20: bio + -philia
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