peladophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish pelado ("bald") + Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos, fear)

Noun[edit]

peladophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of baldness and/or of bald people.
    • 1925, Transactions of the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology of the American Medical Association at the Annual Session, page 190:
      Mention may also be made here to peladophobia, fear of baldness, particularly manifested in men. In the more severe cases of peladophobia, the social intercourse of the patient is much restricted, developing into what is virtually a phobia of society.
    • 2008, James Garner & Arthur H. Bell, Phobias and How to Overcome Them: Understanding and Beating Your Fears, Castle Books (2008), →ISBN, page 105:
      Andrew fears bald people (peladophobia). As a child, he inadvertently insulted a bald man in a grocery store and was promptly clapped on the ears by the old man and screamed at.
    • 2010, Vanessa Woods, Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo, Gotham Books (2010), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      You can have pluviophobia, the fear of being rained on, or peladophobia, the fear of bald people, but there is no medical term for the fear of doors.