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ailurophobe

[ahy-loo r-uh-fohb, ey-loo r-] /aɪˈlʊər əˌfoʊb, eɪˈlʊər-/
noun
1.
a person who has an abnormal fear of cats.
2.
a person who detests cats.
Also, aelurophobe.
Origin of ailurophobe
1905-1910
1905-10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobe
Related forms
ailurophobic, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • The Queen's Cat is a story about an ailurophobe, or a cat-fearer, and his cure.

British Dictionary definitions for ailurophobe

ailurophobe

/aɪˈlʊərəˌfəʊb/
noun
1.
a person who dislikes or is afraid of cats
Word Origin
C20: from Greek ailuros cat + -phobe
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