melissophobia

noun
me·​lis·​so·​pho·​bia | \ mə-ˌli-sō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce melissophobia (audio) \

Definition of melissophobia

: intense fear or dislike of bees : apiphobia I understand my son's fear. I suffer from melissophobia myself. That's the scientific term for a fear of bees …— Tom Henderson

Other Words from melissophobia

melissophobe \ mə-​ˈli-​sō-​ˌfōb How to pronounce melissophobia (audio) \ or melissophobic \ mə-​ˌli-​sō-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce melissophobia (audio) \ noun, plural melissophobes or melissophobics
Many root and leafy vegetables (carrots, beets, lettuce, cabbage, etc.) are good choices for melissophobes because gardeners never let these vegetables flower either: we harvest them before they have time to do so! — Larry Hodgson
melissophobic adjective
… back then I mostly just learned to run away from bees, and as a melissophobic child, stinging insects deterred me from really getting into the agricultural arts. — Laura Furster

First Known Use of melissophobia

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melissophobia

Greek mélissa, mélitta "bee" (perhaps going back to *melit-i̯a, derivative of melit-, méli "honey") + -phobia — more at mellifluous

Note: Greek mélissa has alternatively been treated as haplology from *melí-likh-i̯a "honey-licking," parallel to Sanskrit madhu-lih- "bee," literally, "honey licker."

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“Melissophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melissophobia. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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