api·​pho·​bia ˌā-pə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce apiphobia (audio)
: intense fear or dislike of bees : melissophobia
There is a reason for my apiphobia. When I was little, I stepped on the wrong barn board and some angry bumblebees sent me to the emergency room …Shane Brown
apiphobe noun
or apiphobic
plural apiphobes or apiphobics
It is a scene to send the mildest apiphobe into a cold sweat. You step out into your backyard to enjoy the gentle breeze sipping your tea and honey and glance up into your tree, where, to your horror, you see a roiling mass of bees. Paul Morse
apiphobic adjective
Class participant Cindy Lindow, 52, of St. Clair Township near Port Huron, is a newbie to beekeeping. She only recently abandoned her apiphobic ways. "I hate bees—I used to," she confessed. "I got stung when I was a kid." Christine Rook

Word History


Latin apis "bee" + -i- + -phobia — more at apiary

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apiphobia was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Apiphobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apiphobia. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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