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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: An abnormal fear of lightning and thunder.
ETYMOLOGY:From Greek astrape (lightning). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (star) that is also the source of star, asterisk, asteroid, astrology, disaster, stellar, constellation, Persian sitareh (star), and the names Stella and Esther.
NOTES:Also known as astrapophobia and brontophobia (from Greek bronte-, thunder, which also gave us brontosaurus).
USAGE:"In the USA, it is estimated around 10 per cent of people suffer from astraphobia to some degree."
Don White; Weatherwatch; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia); Dec 11, 2001.
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