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September 22, 2011

'philia's - "Love and Attractions"




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While this list might seem a bit risqué judging from its title, it's not as bad (or good) as you might think. Each of these 114 weird words contains the word element "phil", from ancient Greek phileein to love, and so a 'philia' is a special love, affection, attraction or preference for a certain type of thing. From aerophilately - a pastime practiced by few - to zoophily - a pastime hopefully practiced by few, but unfortunately not - if you're a logophile, you'll love this list. Incidentally, since "zoophily" is regularly one of the Phrontistery's top keywords, a note to any aspiring zoophilists: There's nothing to see here! Get out! As for the rest of you, enjoy!


Word
Definition
Aerophilately
collecting of air-mail stamps
Ailurophile
love of cats
Ammophilous
sand-loving; preferring to dwell in sand
Anemophilous
pollinated by wind
Anglophilia
love or fondness for England or the English
Anthophilous
loving or frequenting flowers
Apodysophilia
feverish desire to undress
Arctophily
study of teddy bears
Astrophile
person interested in astronomy
Audiophile
one who loves accurately reproduced recorded sound
Belonephilia
sexual obsession with sharp objects
Bibliophily
love or fondness for books or reading
Canophilia
love or fondness for dogs
Cartophily
the hobby of collecting cigarette cards
Chasmophilous
fond of nooks, crevices and crannies
Chiropterophilous
pollinated or frequented by bats
Chromophilous
staining easily
Chrysophilist
gold-lover
Clinophilia
passion for beds
Coprophilia
abnormal love or fondness for feces
Cynophilist
one who loves dogs
Dendrophilous
fond of trees
Discophile
one who loves and studies sound recordings
Electrophile
substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge
Entomophilous
adapted for pollination by insects
Ergophile
one who loves work
Europhile
one who loves Europe
Francophile
one who loves France or the French
Gallophile
one who loves France or the French
Geophilous
living in or near the ground
Germanophilia
love or fondness for Germany or the Germans
Gerontophilia
sexual attraction towards the elderly
Gynotikolobomassophile
one who nibbles on women’s earlobes
Haemophilia
hereditary disease causing excesssive bleeding
Halophilous
tolerant of salt or salt-water
Heliophilous
preferring or attracted to the sunlight
Hippophile
lover of horses
Homophile
one who prefers the company of the same sex; a homosexual
Hydrophilous
loving or preferring water
Hygrophilous
preferring or living where there is an abundance of moisture
Iconophilism
a taste for pictures and symbols
Japanophilia
love or admiration for Japan or the Japanese
Labeorphily
collection and study of beer bottle labels
Limnophilous
living in ponds or marshes
Lithophilous
living among stones
Logophile
a lover of words
Lygophilia
love of darkness
Lyophile
easily dispersed in a suitable medium
Malacophilous
pollinated by snails
Myrmecophilous
having a symbiotic relationship with ants
Necrophilia
unusual love or sexual attraction for corpses
Negrophile
one who is sympathetic towards black people
Nemophilist
one who loves the woods
Neophile
one who loves novelty and trends
Nitrophilous
flourishing in or preferring locations with abundant nitrogen
Notaphily
collecting of bank-notes and cheques
Oenophile
one who is fond of or loves wine
Ombrophilous
tolerant of large amounts of rainfall
Ophiophilist
snake-lover
Ornithophilous
pollinated by birds
Paedophilia
abnormal love or sexual attraction for children
Palaeophile
antiquarian
Paraphilia
any abnormal sexual attraction
Peristerophily
pigeon-collecting
Petrophilous
living on or thriving in rocky areas
Philalethist
lover of truth
Philately
study of postage stamps
Philhippic
loving or admiring horses
Phillumeny
collecting of matchbox labels
Philocaly
love of beauty
Philodemic
fond of commoners or the lower classes
Philogyny
love of women
Philomath
lover of learning
Philonoist
one who seeks knowledge
Philopornist
lover of prostitutes
Philotechnical
devoted to the arts
Philotherianism
love of animals
Philoxenia
hospitality
Photophilous
preferring or thriving in lighted conditions
Phytophilous
fond of plants
Pogonophile
one who loves beards
Psammophile
sand-loving plant
Psychrophilic
thriving in cold temperatures
Retrophilia
love of things of the past
Rheophile
living or thriving in running water
Rhizophilous
growing or thriving on or near roots
Russophile
one who admires Russia or the Russians
Sarcophilous
fond of flesh
Sciophilous
thriving in or loving shady conditions
Scopophilia
obtaining sexual pleasure from seeing things
Scotophilia
admiration for Scotland or the Scots
Scripophily
collection of bond and share certificates
Sinophile
one who admires China or the Chinese
Slavophile
one who admires the Slavs
Spermophile
member of family of seed-loving rodents
Stegophilist
one who climbs buildings for sport
Stigmatophilia
obsession with tattooing or branding
Symphily
living together for mutual benefit
Technophile
one who is fond of technology
Thalassophilous
living in or fond of the sea
Theophile
one who loves or is loved by God
Thermophilous
preferring or thriving in high temperatures
Timbrophily
love or fondness for stamps; stamp-collecting
Tobaccophile
one who loves tobacco
Topophilia
great love or affection for a particular place
Toxophily
love of archery; archery; study of archery
Tropophilous
flourishing in seasonal extremes of climate
Turophile
cheese lover
Typhlophile
one who is kind to the blind
Xenophilia
love of foreigners
Xerophily
adaptation to very dry conditions
Xylophilous
fond of wood; living in or on wood
Zoophilia
loving or caring for animals; bestiality
Zoophily
loving or caring for animals; bestiality




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