[ahy-loo r-uh-foh-bee-uh, ey-loo r-]

Origin of ailurophobia

1905–10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for ailurophobia

"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

ailurophobia in Medicine


[ī-lur′ə-fōbē-ə, ā-lur′-]
  1. An abnormal fear of or aversion to cats.
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