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arachnephobia, arachnophobia, arachneophobia
An excessive fear of spiders. Some arachnophobics fumigate their homes on a regular basis, wash all fruits and vegetables, and check incoming bags and other containers where spiders might be hiding.
They are usually unable to go on a picnic or stay in strange hotels or houses, and they are usually checking around themselves when they are outside. Some people have been known to become physically sick at the sight of a spider.
Sometimes she is the admired heroine deserving of reverence, at times the recipient of men's souls after death, and at other times the villain who induces fear, abhorrence and sinister forebodings.
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arachno-, arachn- +
phobo-, phob-, -phobia, -phobias, -phobe, -phobiac, -phobist, -phobic, -phobism, -phobous