ailurophobia

[ ahy-loo r-uh-foh-bee-uh, ey-loo r- ]
/ aɪˌlʊər əˈfoʊ bi ə, eɪˌlʊər- /

noun Psychiatry.

an abnormal fear of cats.

Nearby words

  1. ailing,
  2. ailment,
  3. ailurophile,
  4. ailurophilia,
  5. ailurophobe,
  6. aim,
  7. aim to,
  8. aimak,
  9. aimee,
  10. aiming point


Origin of ailurophobia

1905–10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobia

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Word Origin and History for ailurophobia

ailurophobia

n.

"morbid fear of cats," 1905, from -phobia "fear" + ailouros "cat," of unknown origin. Folk etymology connects it with aiolos "quick-moving" + oura "tail." Related: Ailurophobe (1914).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ailurophobia

ailurophobia

[ ī-lur′ə-fōbē-ə, ā-lur′- ]

n.

An abnormal fear of or aversion to cats.

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