Words at Play : Top 10 Unusual Phobias, Vol. 1

#2: Doraphobia

What It Is:

The dread of touching the skin or fur of an animal.

Word History:

The Greek word dora means "the skin or hide of an animal."

Bonus Points:

The root word dora comes from the Greek verb derein, meaning "to skin or to flay." This is also the source of derm, the Greek word for skin, which shows up in words like "dermatology".

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