Friday, December 17, 2010


Horripilate \haw-RIP-uh-leyt\ , verb;
1. To produce a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, horripilation comes from Late Latin horripilātio, which is a noun of action deriving from horripilāre. The Latin words are compounds from horrēre ("to bristle") + pilus ("hair"). Horripilate is a derivation of horripilation, as is horripilant ("causing horripilation").

*Today's word and the first definition were both taken from's 'Word of the Day' for Friday, December 17

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