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May 13, 2011
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anomia
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mysophobia

Cinders, the mysophobic piglet
Cinders, the mysophobic piglet

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mysophobia

PRONUNCIATION:
(my-suh-FOH-bee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An irrational fear of dirt.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin myso-, from Greek mysos (filth) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1879.

USAGE:
"Cinders the piglet overcame her fear of mud with the help of a pair of boots. The six-month-old saddleback suffers from mysophobia."
And This Little Piggy Wore Wellies All the Way Home; The Times (London, UK); Jun 11, 2008.

See more usage examples of mysophobia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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