(ay-LUR-uh-FOW-bee-ya) or (eye-LUR-uh-FOW-bee-ya)
Extreme or irrational fear of cats.
From: from the Greek αἴλουρος (aílouros), "cat" and φόβος (phóbos), "fear". Folk etymology connects it with aiolos "quick-moving" + oura "tail."
Used in a Sentence:
"Well, I had NO IDEA that my fiancee suffered from ailurophobia at the time, I was just trying to do something special when I surprised her with tickets to “Cats".
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