me·​lis·​so·​pho·​bia mə-ˌli-sō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce melissophobia (audio)
: 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
melissophobe noun
or melissophobic
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

Word History


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."

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melissophobia was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Melissophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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