a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “loving” (philology); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (philoprogenitive).
Words nearby philo-
Also especially before a vowel, phil-.
Origin of philo-
< Greek, combining form of phílos loving, dear
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British Dictionary definitions for philo-
before a vowel phil-
indicating a love ofphilology; philanthropic
Word Origin for philo-
from Greek philos loving
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