goose flesh


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goose flesh

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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Galata is trembling as much from excitement as from the cold, because an icy blast is giving her goose flesh.
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