ailurophobia

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

noun Psychiatry.

an abnormal fear of cats.

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).

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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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