pteronophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πτερόν (pterón, feather) + -phobia.

Noun[edit]

pteronophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of feathers.
    • 1986, Brent Filson, There's a Monster in Your Closet!: Understanding Phobias, Julius Messner (1986), →ISBN, page 55:
      Then there are the phobes whose fear of birds is combined with a fear of feathers, pteronophobia.
      One case of bird-and-feathers phobia involved a woman in her thirties who was too frightened to go outside.
    • 1989, Josie Hadley & Carol Staudacher, Hypnosis for Change, New Harbinger Publications (1989), →ISBN, page 98:
      It is easy, for example, for a person to live with pteronophobia, aulophobia, or batrachophobia. One simply stays away from feathers, flutes, and frogs!
    • 2005, Anna Dale, Dawn Undercover, Bloomsbury (2006), →ISBN, page 291:
      'Um ... pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled with feathers, I think . . . '
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:pteronophobia.