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[ ahy-loo r-uh-fohb, ey-loo r- ]
/ aɪˈlʊər əˌfoʊb, eɪˈlʊər- /


a person who has an abnormal fear of cats.
a person who detests cats.

Nearby words

ailey, ailing, ailment, ailurophile, ailurophilia, ailurophobe, ailurophobia, aim, aim to, aimak, aimee

Origin of ailurophobe

1905–10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobe
Related formsai·lu·ro·pho·bic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ailurophobe

  • The Queen's Cat is a story about an ailurophobe, or a cat-fearer, and his cure.

    Lords of the Housetops|Various

British Dictionary definitions for ailurophobe


/ (aɪˈlʊərəˌfəʊb) /


a person who dislikes or is afraid of cats

Word Origin for ailurophobe

C20: from Greek ailuros cat + -phobe
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