from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as lyssophobia.
  • noun A morbid fear of dogs.

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  • noun An irrational fear or hatred of dogs or other canines.

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  • noun a morbid fear of dogs


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cyno- + -phobia


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  • For adults: 1. Animal phobias, such as arachnophobia (of spiders), ophidiophobia (of snakes) and cynophobia (of dogs)

    The Seattle Times

  • Well then, of the 10 most common phobias arachnophobia, ophidiophobia, acrophobia, cynophobia, trypanophobia, pteromerhanophobia, and mysophobia shouldn't be counted as they're all pretty rational phobias. what's new online!

  • In each case, I leave it to the reader to supply the words "fear of." acarophobia mites, parasites entonophobia ticks aelurophobia cats galeophobia sharks apiophobia bees hippophobia horses arachnephobia spiders musophobia mice bacilliphobia bacilli myrmecophobia lice bacteriaphobia bacteria soleciphobia worms batrachophobia frogs, toads swinophobia swine cynophobia dogs taeniophobia tapeworms eisoptrophobia termites taurophobia bulls A much smaller cluster of fears is centered on the plant world.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 1

  • From tiny, purse-size pups to buff German shepherds, any flavor of man’s best friend can scare the pants off some who suffer from cynophobia, or extreme fear of dogs.

    Top 10 Fears and Phobias That Really Scare People | Impact Lab

  • After nyctophobia, however, came cynophobia, the fear of dogs specifically, his grandfather’s two attack-trained Dobermans, as I recall, which the grandfather cured by making him sleep in the kennel—and beating him, of course.

    Fear Itself


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