Ailurophobia is a word that has Greek roots. “Ailuro” comes from the ancient Greek “ailouros” which means “cat”. And phobia comes from the Greek “phóbos”, which means fear or panic. Thus ailurophobia is the fear of cats. I have written a blog post about the things that we fear, or phobias, which you are welcome to check out if you want to learn more about this matter.
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