noun, plural: hydrophobes
(chemistry) A compound or material that is hydrophobic or water repelling.
Hydrophobes tend to be non-polar since water is a polar molecule. Examples of hydrophobes are alkanes, oils, and fats.
Word origin: Attic Greek hydro- for water and phobos for fear.
Related forms: hydrophobicity (noun), hydrophobic (adjective).