arachnophobia

noun arach·no·pho·bia \ ə-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of arachnophobia

: pathological fear or loathing of spiders

arachnophobe

play \-ˈrak-nə-ˌfōb\ noun

arachnophobic

play \-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).

First Known Use of arachnophobia

1863

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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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