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ophidiophobia

noun

a fear of snakes; also called ophiophobia

Word Origin

Greek ophidion 'small snake'

ophidiophobia

noun

See ophiophobia

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Word Origin and History for ophidiophobia
n.

1914, "excessive fear of snakes or reptiles," from ophidio- apparently extracted from Modern Latin ophidia, a word coined arbitrarily (to provide an -ia form to serve as an order name in taxonomy) from Greek ophis "serpent" (see ophio-) + -phobia.

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