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The holes in the seedheads of lotuses (such as this Nelumbo nucifera) induce trypophobia in some people

From Ancient Greek τρῦπα (trûpa, hole) +‎ -phobia (from Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos, fear, phobia)), said to have been coined by a blogger from Ireland in 2005.[1]



trypophobia (uncountable)

  1. (psychology) An irrational or obsessive fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes, such as those found in honeycombs. [from 2005]
    • 2013 October, G[eoff] G. Cole; A[rnold] J. Wilkins, “Fear of Holes”, in Psychological science, volume 24, number 10, DOI:10.1177/0956797613484937, PMID 23982244, pages 1980–1985:
      Images of lotus seed heads are often reported as inducing trypophobia. Sufferers of trypophobia report that it is the visual percept that is particularly aversive.
    • 2015, Irena Milosevic, Trypophobia (Fear of Holes), Irena Milosevic, Randi E. McCabe (editors), Phobias: The Psychology of Irrational Fear, ABC-CLIO (Greenwood), page 401,
      In particular, individuals with trypophobia are fearful of clusters of holes that are found in a variety of objects and matter such as skin, coral, honeycombs, seed pods, and even aerated chocolate.

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  1. ^ “Louise” (23 May 2005) , “Trypophobia”, in A Phobia of Holes, Yahoo! GeoCities[1], archived from the original on 16 March 2009, retrieved 26 September 2017: see Jennifer Abbasi (26 July 2011) , “Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?: We Investigate the Fear of Creepy Clustered Holes”, in Popular Science[2], archived from the original on 12 September 2017.

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