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Oct 5, 2018
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arachnophobia

arachnophobia
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arachnophobia

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-rak-nuh-FO-bee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An irrational fear of spiders.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek arakhne (spider) + -phobias (fear). Earliest documented use: 1925.

USAGE:
“A California university entomology graduate student grew up in Missouri and as a child was often rightfully warned about the dangers of brown recluse spiders. However, she also developed severe arachnophobia to the point where she couldn’t even look at a picture of a spider.”
Richard S. Vetter; The Brown Recluse Spider; Comstock; 2015.

See more usage examples of arachnophobia in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. -Vaclav Havel, writer, Czech Republic president (5 Oct 1936-2011)

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