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a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “loving” (philology); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (philoprogenitive).
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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-

philo-

before a vowel phil-


combining form
indicating a love ofphilology; philanthropic

Word Origin for philo-

from Greek philos loving
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