Pronounced: loosh, adj
Notes: I didn’t know this word, but it made me wonder about a few things (see tomorrow’s comments)
The word bathophobia is “a fear of depths or of falling from a height”
Background / Comments
As you may have figured out, this is a Greek-based word; a combination of bathos (depth) and phobia (fear). The depth meaning makes sense; it is odd to see the falling from a height meaning as part of this word. I suspect that most people who say that they are afraid of heights may really be afraid of falling from them.
This is a relatively recent word, showing up in the early 1900s