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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: An irrational fear of spiders.
From Greek arakhne (spider) + -phobias (fear). Earliest documented use: 1925.
“A California university entomology graduate student grew up in Missouri and as a child was often rightfully warned about the dangers of brown recluse spiders. However, she also developed severe arachnophobia to the point where she couldn’t even look at a picture of a spider.”
Richard S. Vetter; The Brown Recluse Spider; Comstock; 2015.
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