Meaning of “arachnophobia” in the English Dictionary

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"arachnophobia" in British English

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arachnophobianoun [ U ]

uk /əˈræk.nəˌfəʊ.bi.ə/ us /əˈræk.nəˌfoʊ.bi.ə/ specialized


  • An arachnophobe (somebody with arachnophobia), for example, might not enter a room where there is a spider.
  • If you have arachnophobia, start by looking at a photo of a spider, then look at a spider in a cage. Then hold one in your hand!
  • Interestingly, arachnophobia, a fear of spiders, is a problem for 50 percent of women but only 10 percent of men.

(Definition of “arachnophobia” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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