In ANYTHING on November 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

Word  Definition
aerophilately  collecting of air-mail stamps
ailurophilia  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

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.

  1. Hi everybody !

    Nice place

  2. I have the same opinion with most of your points, however a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small conversation with my buddies and maybe I will ask you some suggestion later.

    – Henry

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