ailurophobia

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Recorded 1905. ailuro-(cat) +‎ -phobia(fear, hatred), from Ancient Greek αἴλουρος(aílouros, cat).

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ailurophobia ‎(usually uncountable, plural ailurophobias)

  1. An irrational fear or hatred of cats or other felines.
    • 1920, Carl Can Vechten, The Tiger In The House[1], page 62–63:
      Whatever the cause there are many recorded instances of persons suffering from ailurophobia exhibiting symptoms of distress in rooms which apparently contained no cats; later cats would be discovered, hidden behind curtains or in closets.

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