American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contraction of the cutaneous muscles, producing the erection of the hairs and the condition known as cutis anserina or goose-flesh. It is accompanied by a kind of creeping sensation in the skin, and may be produced by cold, peculiar and sudden emotions, such as fear, or certain nervous affections.
- n. A real or fancied bristling of the hair of the head or body, resulting from disease, terror, chilliness, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A real or fancied bristling of the hair of the head or body, resulting from disease, terror, chilliness, etc.
- n. reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
- Late Latin horripilātiō, horripilātiōn-, from Latin horripilātus, past participle of horripilāre, to bristle with hairs : horrēre, to tremble + pilāre, to grow hair (from pilus, hair). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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