American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blain or sore produced by cold; an erythematous condition of the hands or feet, accompanied with inflammation, pain, and sometimes ulceration; erythema; pernio.
- To afflict with chilblains; produce chilblains in: as, my feet were chilblained.
- n. An itchy purple red inflammation of the skin, especially of the hands, feet and ears. It occurs when capillaries below the skin are damaged by exposure to cold weather.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A blain, sore, or inflammatory swelling of the feet or hands, produced by exposure to cold, and attended by itching, pain, and sometimes ulceration.
- v. To produce chilblains upon.
- n. inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture
- chill + blain (Wiktionary)
- chil(l) + blain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“DESCRIPTION: A chilblain is the swelling and inflammation of body tissue as a result of exposure to cold temperatures.”
“It is not easy to believe that others are more successful, but the popular renown of the specific survives in spite of all, probably thanks to a simple accident of identity between the name of the remedy and that of the infirmity: the Provençal for "chilblain" is _tigno_.”
“(_c_) Frequently the whole foot is like a big "chilblain" and is very hot, red and swollen.”
“Mind, and muscle, and stamina, and soul, were challenged in a contest with this Shorty, a man who had never opened the books, and who did not know grand opera from rag-time, nor an epic from a chilblain.”
“My fellow man sent me to the chilblain capital of the world," Petinos retorted.”
“But I was not so to be finished off, though feeling in my knuckles now as if it were a blueness and a sense of chilblain.”
“Perhaps one of the chilblain-fingered girls behind the counters down below had been the "Sympathiser" to whom she had been indebted for a shilling.”
“You don't hardly hear of chilblain feet now, but then most every child you saw had cracked heels.”
“The train is full of very painful feet: like a form of large burning chilblain all over the foot, and you can't do anything for them, poor lambs.”
“When sliced, and applied externally, the raw Onion serves by its pungent and essential oil to quicken the circulation, and to redden the skin of the particular surface treated in this way; very usefully so in the case of an unbroken chilblain, or to counteract neuralgic pain; but in its crude state the bulb is not emollient or demulcent.”
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