ophidiophobia

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From Ancient Greek ὄφις (óphis, serpent) +‎ -phobia

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ophidiophobia (uncountable)

  1. Ophiophobia; a fear of snakes.
    • 2012 August 5, Robert C. Stebbins, Samuel M. McGinnis, Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California, Revised edition, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ISBN 9780520949973, page 349:
      His father had a severe case of ophidiophobia, but to his credit he allowed his non-ophidiophobic 12-year-old son to keep a small colony of the Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) in a large box pen in a far corner of their Wisconsin backyard.
    • 2010 October 18, Matthew Murrie, Steve Murrie, The First Book of Seconds: 220 of the Most Random, Remarkable, Respectable (and Regrettable) Runners-Up and Their Almost Claim to Fame, Avon, MA: Adams Media, ISBN 9781440510670, page 11:
      The second-most-common phobia is ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. Ophidiophobia is one of the most debilitating fears in humans; even the picture of a snake in a magazine or image of one on TV can invoke intense fear in some people.

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