arachnophobia

noun
arach·no·pho·bia | \ə-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of arachnophobia 

: pathological fear or loathing of spiders

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Other Words from arachnophobia

arachnophobe \-ˈrak-nə-ˌfōb \ noun
arachnophobic \-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bik \ adjective or noun

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In Greek mythology, Arachne was a weaver of such skill that she dared to challenge the goddess Athena at her craft. When she won their competition by weaving a tapestry disrespectful to the gods, the enraged Athena tore it to shreds, and in despair Arachne hanged herself. Out of pity, Athena loosened the rope, which became a cobweb, and changed Arachne into a spider. Today, the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks all belong to the class known as arachnids. Arachnophobia is the most common of the animal phobias; but many people suffer from similar phobias regarding snakes (ophidiophobia), dogs (cynophobia), and mice and rats (musophobia).

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Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of arachnophobia

1863, in the meaning defined above

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arachnophobia

noun
arach·no·pho·bia | \ə-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Medical Definition of arachnophobia 

: pathological fear or loathing of spiders

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