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  • n. Alternative spelling of goose flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar roughness of the skin produced by cold or fear, in which the hair follicles become erect and form bumps on the skin; -- called also goose skin, goose pimples, goose bumps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, caused by the contraction of the erector muscles of the superficial hairs (arrectores pilorum), and induced by cold, fear, and other exciting causes. Also called goose-skin (and in New Latin cutis anserina). See horripilation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation


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