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The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.
[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).]
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1. (Physiology) a technical name for gooseflesh
2. (Physiology) the erection of any short bodily hairs
[C17: from Late Latin horripilātiō a bristling, from Latin horrēre to stand on end + pilus hair]
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a bristling of the hair on the skin, as from cold or fear; horripilation. Also called goose flesh, goose pimples.
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the raising of the hairs on the skin as a response to cold or fear; goose bumps or goose pimples.See also: Cold, Fear, Skin
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|Noun||1.||horripilation - reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation|
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