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

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  • Ailurophobia — An abnormal and persistent fear of cats which produces an undue anxiety reaction even though sufferers realize their fear is irrational. Sufferers of ailurophobia may fear not only the scratch or bite of a cat, but also the evil mystique of cats… …   Medical dictionary

  • ailurophobia — /uy loor euh foh bee euh, ay loor /, n. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of cats. Also, aelurophobia. [1905 10; < Gk aílouro(s) cat + PHOBIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • ailurophobia — noun An irrational fear or hatred of cats or other felines. Syn: galeophobia See Also: ailurophobe, ailurophile …   Wiktionary

  • ailurophobia — fear of cats Phobias …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • ailurophobia — n. abnormal fear of cats …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ailurophobia — [ˌʌɪljʊrə fəʊbɪə] noun extreme or irrational fear of cats. Derivatives ailurophobe noun Origin early 20th cent.: from Gk ailuros cat + phobia …   English new terms dictionary

  • ailurophobia — ai·lu·ro·pho·bia …   English syllables

  • ailurophobia — A fear of cats …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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