arachnophobia

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

Definition of arachnophobia

  1. :  pathological fear or loathing of spiders

arachnophobe

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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).

1863

First Known Use of arachnophobia

1863


Medical Dictionary

arachnophobia

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

Medical Definition of arachnophobia

  1. :  pathological fear or loathing of spiders


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