ophid·​io·​pho·​bia | \ ō-ˌfi-dē-(ˌ)ō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce ophidiophobia (audio) \

Definition of ophidiophobia

: abnormal fear of snakes Fear of snakes, called ophidiophobia, ranks among the most common phobias.— Kimberly French … a member of the British Embassy broke the news that the entire Ferguson family suffered from ophidiophobiaPeople Weekly

Other Words from ophidiophobia

ophidiophobe \ ō-​ˈfi-​dē-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌfōb How to pronounce ophidiophobia (audio) \ or less commonly ophidiophobic \ ō-​ˌfi-​dē-​(ˌ)ō-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce ophidiophobia (audio) \ noun, plural ophidiophobes also ophidiophobics
… there is an especially creepy visualization of Sinbad trapped in the Valley of the Serpents, in which the sinuously coiled forms and scaly cross-hatching conjure an ophidiophobe's worst nightmare … — Elizabeth Lowry
ophidiophobic adjective
… chances are you or someone you love is ophidiophobic. For some, just the mere possibility of encountering the object of their revulsion has them recoiling in horror and scurrying like a jackrabbit in the headlights. — Michael Halstead

First Known Use of ophidiophobia

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophidiophobia

ophidi- (in ophidian + -o- + -phobia)

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“Ophidiophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophidiophobia. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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ophid·​io·​pho·​bia | \ ō-ˌfid-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce ophidiophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of ophidiophobia

: abnormal fear of snakes

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