Pronounced: WIH-lih-waw, noun
Notes: I’ve run across the word in reading an had an idea of the meaning from the context, but I found the origin interesting
The word ailurophobia is “a fear of cats”
This word showed up in the first decade of the 1900s
Background / Comments
As with many of the “phobia” words, the source is Greek; the combination of ailuro- (cat) and phobia (fear).