api·​pho·​bia | \ ˌā-pə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce apiphobia (audio) \

Definition of apiphobia

: 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

Other Words from apiphobia

apiphobe \ ˈā-​pə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce apiphobia (audio) \ or apiphobic \ ˌā-​pə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce apiphobia (audio) \ noun, 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

First Known Use of apiphobia

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apiphobia

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

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“Apiphobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apiphobia. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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