[haw-rip-uh-ley-shuh n, ho-]
- a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose bumps.
Origin of horripilation
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But, suddenly, through all the horripilation there seemed to shine a light.
The boy who saved her, the boy with the jolly tongue in his head, humorous amid the “horripilation,” had addressed it as Dad.
- a technical name for goose flesh
- the erection of any short bodily hairs
Word Origin for horripilation
C17: from Late Latin horripilātiō a bristling, from Latin horrēre to stand on end + pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for horripilation
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- The bristling of body hair, as from cold; goose bumps.
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