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hor·rip·i·la·tion  audio  (hô-rp-lshn, h-) KEY 

NOUN:
The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin horripilti, horripiltin-, from Latin horripiltus, past participle of horripilre, to bristle with hairs : horrre, to tremble + pilre, to grow hair (from pilus, hair)

OTHER FORMS:
hor·ripi·late(Verb)


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