from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A delirious picking of bedclothes by a sick person, as if to pick off flocks of wool; carphology; -- an alarming symptom in acute diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a delirious picking of the bedclothes by a patient; carphologia.
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All of the ruddiness drained from his features, and he commenced to pull and pick at his shirtfront, as if involved in floccillation.