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philo-(word root) love
Examples of words with the root philo-: philogynist
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Having a strong affinity or preference for; loving: philoprogenitive.
[Greek, from philos, beloved, loving.]
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philo-or before a vowel
indicating a love of: philology; philanthropic.
[from Greek philos loving]
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a combining form with the meanings “loving,” “having an affinity for”: philology. Also, esp. before a vowel, phil-.
[< Greek, comb. of phílos loving, dear]
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