from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
- noun A morbid fear of dogs.
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- noun An
irrational fearor hatredof dogsor other canines.
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- noun a morbid fear of dogs
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For adults: 1. Animal phobias, such as arachnophobia (of spiders), ophidiophobia (of snakes) and cynophobia (of dogs)
Well then, of the 10 most common phobias arachnophobia, ophidiophobia, acrophobia, cynophobia, trypanophobia, pteromerhanophobia, and mysophobia shouldn't be counted as they're all pretty rational phobias.
In each case, I leave it to the reader to supply the words "fear of." acarophobia mites, parasites entonophobia ticks aelurophobia cats galeophobia sharks apiophobia bees hippophobia horses arachnephobia spiders musophobia mice bacilliphobia bacilli myrmecophobia lice bacteriaphobia bacteria soleciphobia worms batrachophobia frogs, toads swinophobia swine cynophobia dogs taeniophobia tapeworms eisoptrophobia termites taurophobia bulls A much smaller cluster of fears is centered on the plant world.
From tiny, purse-size pups to buff German shepherds, any flavor of man’s best friend can scare the pants off some who suffer from cynophobia, or extreme fear of dogs.
After nyctophobia, however, came cynophobia, the fear of dogs specifically, his grandfather’s two attack-trained Dobermans, as I recall, which the grandfather cured by making him sleep in the kennel—and beating him, of course.