gooseflesh

goose flesh

noun
a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Also, gooseflesh.
Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English

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goose flesh
 
n
goose bumps, goose pimples, Also called: goose skin the bumpy condition of the skin induced by cold, fear, etc, caused by contraction of the muscles at the base of the hair follicles with consequent erection of papillae: so called because of the resemblance to the skin of a freshly-plucked fowl

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